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 Ropes.Roper. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Ropes.
 
She is on her high ropes. In a distant and haughty temper. The allusion is to a rope-dancer, who looks down on the spectators. The French say, Etre monté sur ses grands chevaux (to be on your high horse).   1
 


 Ropes.Roper. 

 
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