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 Ropes.Roque (1 syl.). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Roper.
 
Margaret Roper was buried with the head of her father. Sir Thomas More, in her arms.   1
       
“Her, who clasped in her last trance
Her murdered father’s head.”
       
Tennyson.
   Mistress Roper. A cant name given to the marines by British sailors. The wit, of course, lies in the awkward way that marines handle the ship’s ropes.   2
   To marry Mistress Roper is to enlist in the marines.   3
 


 Ropes.Roque (1 syl.). 

 
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