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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Rope-walk [barristers’ slang].
Old Bailey practice. Thus, “Gone into the rope-walk” means, he has taken up practice in the Old Bailey. (See ROPES.)   1
        The ways of London low life are called “ropes,” and to know the ropes means to be au fait with the minutiæ of all sorts of dodges. (See ROPES.)


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