rope in v.
1. to swindle or cheat; to ensnare a victim into a (crooked) gambling game; thus the rope, the snare that is used (see cit. 1872).
|implied in roped game under rope v.|
|Georgia Scenes in (1872) 629: I’ll lay bank, if you must have a game, but I’ll make one condition: no roping in! I won’t have it.|
|Reformed Gambler 203: He made farther developments as to the mode pursued by the light-fingered gentry to swindle unsuspecting men out of their money. He stated that places in this city kept persons employed to ‘rope in’ strangers.|
|Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 8/1: [They] are on the look out for a ‘flat,’ whom they intend to ‘rope in’ if he will only stand the ‘jolly.’.|
|Night Side of N.Y. 59: The same hang-dog faces you see about the corner of Prince and Broadway [...] twisting their dyed moustaches, and eyeing the victim they have ‘roped in.’.|
|Memoirs of the US Secret Service 348: He was a silvery talker, and could ‘rope in’ the sharpest of green horns, readily.|
|Thirty Years a Detective 209: This game [bunco] consists in ‘roping in’ or inducing an unsuspicious victim, with plenty of money, and then fleecing him of all his ready cash.|
|Snacks July, No. 1 n.p.: He were sixty-nine year old – ’n’ got roped in by a young widow, ’n’ chouseled out of twenty-six thousan’ dollars [F&H].|
|Poker Stories 54: When a fellow was roped into the game the gamblers [...] bought a deck for a dollar.|
|‘That Pretty Girl on the Army’ in Roderick (1972) 485: A Sydney private barmaid, who had once roped him in.|
2. to involve, to include, to force someone to be involved [post-1920 use is SE].
|Four Years at Yale 47: Rope in, to join one’s self to a set or party uninvited, to attach any one to the same unceremoniously or without his consent.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 19 Sept. 18/2: ‘Jones has been roped in,’ say his friends; ‘I hope she’s got some money, so that he can go it a bit, and drop something amongst us.’.|
|Gal’s Gossip 164: If you wish to make me feel like a stray cat in a strange garret, rope me into a church!|
|Peck’s Bad Boy Abroad 129: You Johnnies are a lot of confidence men, who live only to rope in rich American girls, so you can marry them.|
|Letters to James Joyce (1968) 41: Do you know of anyone whom you think ought to be roped in to cooperate.letter 27 Aug. in Read|
|Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club (1977) 84: I don’t think we’ll rope in the B.B.C. It is so confoundedly public.|
|Doctor Serocold (1936) 163: I ought to have roped in Jevons to do this.|
|N.Y. Mosaic (1999) 85: He hated Mr Andrews’ parties – he never, if he could help himself, got roped into them.Do I Wake or Sleep in|
|Playback 108: I’m kind of snoopy when I get roped in on a phoney like that one.|
|Riot (1967) 139: I’ve been in this zoo over four years already [...] after getting roped in on this screwball deal I’ll probably be here four more.|
|A Little of What You Fancy (1985) 543: Rope her in. Must have Edith with the troops.|
|In La-La Land We Trust (1999) 193: He wanted me to rope young actresses into doing fuck flicks.|
|Skull Session 254: I wondered if Paulie would rope you into helping him.|
|Tattoo of a Naked Lady 17: She was enough to rope in every rube on the lot.|
3. as rope in the pieces, to make money.
|DSUE (1984) 987/2: late C.19–20.|
4. to arrest.
|Hooligan Nights 22: The School Board officer roped him in.|
|Chicago May (1929) 35: The New York police, on the other hand, seemed to be more efficient in roping you into jail.|
|This Gutter Life 285: Perhaps he got roped in after all?|
|(con. 1830s–60s) All That Swagger 181: ‘Can I have your word to rope him in?’ demanded the man.|
|Whizzbang Comics 78: They roped him in an hour ago on the information you sent.|
see roped game under rope v.