To get someone to do something they don’t want to do
“How did you get roped into working this weekend?”
At the end of one’s rope
To be out of patience or stamina
“We must hire another programmer soon; Fujita-san is about at the end of her rope.”
On the ropes
To be near failure
“The new factory we opened in China is already on the ropes because of the economic downturn.” Note: A boxer rests on the boxing ring ropes toward the end of a fight in which he will likely be defeated.
Show (someone) the ropes
To teach someone a new job
“Ando-san will work with you for the first few days to show you the ropes and then will be available by phone if you need assistance after that.”
Dope on a rope
A person that is controlled others (like a puppet)
“The politician is not just a dope on a rope; he has shown independence in his voting record.” Note: this phrase is a play on “soap on a roap”, a body soap that hangs on a rope.