Fun with headlines today …
This from iGoogle:
“Sotomayor learned ropes as prosecutor”
Leads to this CNN news headline:
“Sotomayor learned the ropes on ‘Tarzan’ case”
learn the ropes. idiom.
- to understand how to do a particular job or activity: It’ll take some time for the new receptionist to learn the ropes.
- Usage note: sometimes used in the forms know the ropes (to understand how something is done) and show someone the ropes or teach someone the ropes (to teach someone how something is done): You’d better find someone to show you the ropes if you’re going to fix the car yourself.