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    dope and rope

    I don't know the meaning if you please email me if it is a famous idiom

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    Re: dope and rope

    I have spoken English all my life and I am not familiar with this saying - So it is probably quite new - and may have a small geographic usage.
    That having been said I will tell you what it suggests to me.
    Dope is Marijuana - usually the product of a variety of Indian Hemp
    Rope for centuries was made from the very strong fibres of Hemp - but not the same variety that is smoked as marijuana.
    My thought is that we have two very different products arising from a similar source. In other words it is a way of stressing the difference between two things - They are as different as Dope and Rope.
    When I was a child we made a similar comparison with chalk and cheese.
    e.g. "They may be brothers, but they are as different as chalk and cheese"
    or shorter - "Bob and Tom are like chalk and cheese"
    I suspect that Dope and Rope is being offered in a similar way
    I hope this is helpful, or if I am wrong that someone with a more intimate knowledge of the term will provide you a more accurate answer.

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    Re: dope and rope

    Sometimes advocates for the growing of hemp for use as a fiber refer to the difference between that plant and the hemp plant used to produce marijuana as "rope and dope." "I'm a roper, not a doper," means they grow hemp for textile use, not to smoke.

    There is also the expression "rope-a-dope," which is a boxing style popularized by Muhammad Alie.

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