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Give a man rope enough and he will hang himself proverbial saying, mid 17th century, often used to mean that someone given enough licence or freedom will defeat themselves through their own mistakes.

never mention rope in the house of a man who has been hanged proverbial saying, late 16th century, meaning that one should avoid subjects likely to be personally sensitive.

on the ropes in state of near collapse or defeat; the allusion is to a boxer forced against the ropes by the opponent's attack.

a rope of sand used in allusion to something providing only illusory security or coherence.

Subjects: Maritime History.

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