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a boxing tactic: pretending to be trapped against the ropes while your opponent wears himself out throwing punches

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The rope-a-dope strategy, of course, is one of fakery and delay, where the weaker of the boxers huddles against the ropes, covering up, pretending injury, and hoping his stronger opponent will "punch himself out".
But the message from Ali - whose rope-a-dope tactics helped him knock out George Foreman in 1974's Rumble in the Jungle - was initially titled: "Presidential Candidates Proposing to Ban Muslim Immigration to the United States".
My personal favourite is the 'Rumble in the Jungle' with George Foreman and how used those rope-a-dope tactics to shock the world.
His rope-a-dope worked perfectly and the fight showed Ali could take a punch and highlighted his tactical genius.
Jones was content to follow a rope-a-dope formula in the hope of letting the Welshman punch himself out in their Ring Magazine light-heavyweight title showdown in New York.
It was a rope-a-dope football and, although somehow it was successful, it was God-awful to view.
Million Dollar Baby'' is the rope-a-dope of movies.
Okay, there's no value in that but the motormouth Prince, if recent bouts are anything to go by, just might need a few rounds to dispatch the latest rope-a-dope.
Muhammad Ali converted to Islam in 1964 - 10 years before his rope-a-dope tactics helped him beat George Foreman in the so-called Rumble in the Jungle.
ANDY MURRAY blamed himself for falling for Novak Djokovic's rope-a-dope con tricks after losing another Australian Open Final.
He has a history of playing rope-a-dope with the world while all the while developing a more powerful punch.
Fielding took the fight to Ambler, who barely threw a shot in the opening two rounds, relying on a bizarre defence of leaning back as far as he could on the ring ropes - not so much rope-a-dope, more just dope.
He instructed his team to engage in rope-a-dope tactics, absorbing the overzealous Mexicans' steady pressure and counting on U.
Chelsea were criticised by Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers for their tactics on Merseyside in April, when a shadow Blues side played classic rope-a-dope football to win 2-0 - with goals from Demba Ba and Willian.