to know the ropes - idiom meaning?

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What is the meaning of "to know the ropes" idiom?

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Idiom Scenario 1:


Today, Juan is substitute teaching at a local Junior High School.  Juan has substituted as a teacher many times in the past.  As a result, Juan knows that the students like to give substitute teachers more trouble than their usual teachers. 
Juan knows the ropes of substitute teaching.
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Idiom Definition:


"to know the ropes"
to understand the procedures and processes necessary to perform a task or understand a situation.
 
Synonyms:
apprehend, aware, catch, cognizant, comprehend, conversant, discern, fathom, get, grasp, infer, informed, intuit, ken, know, learn, learned, master, perceive, recognize, register, savvy, see, understand
 
 
The man literally knows the ropes. - - - - ->  a man had a thought bubble coming from his head.  the bubble contains a picture of a couple of bundles of jute rope




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Idiom Scenario 2:


Susan is having a discussion with her boss about a new client their company has.  The client wants to change the rules of the contract they signed.  Susan is reluctant to make the changes because she knows that if her company allows one change, then the customer will want more changes in the future.
Susan knows the ropes.
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Idiom Usage:

You can predict the outcome or necessary behaviors because you are very familiar with the situation.
This idiom is often preceded by the preposition "but" especially when the idiom is used to convey the idea that the speaker knows something that is not apparent.  For example:
The company tells us that we can take our two weeks holidays when we want to but I know the ropes.  If you apply for holidays during the busy season, your request will be denied.
 
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Gerund Form of the Idiom:

Knowing the ropes can help you make a good decision.
 
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Idiom Conjugations:

 
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