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Old February 27, 2009, 07:12 AM
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Contra las cuerdas

Does anyone know what it means. Against the grain, maybe?
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I think "contra las cuerdas" means "in a hard/difficult place".

Poner contra las cuerdas (a alguien) = to place (someone) in a difficult position / to pressure someone / to make things difficult for someone
Estar contra las cuerdas = to be in a tight spot / to have problems

Edit: It looks like the movie Against the ropes it translated contra las cuerdas. So that is probably the most accurate translation, and this expression must come from boxing terminology.
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Agree with David. You can add 'to corner' to the poner group.
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Yes, that sounds right. Thanks guys!
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Agree with David.
I also suppose it comes from boxing, when somebody is cornering you and pressing you "against the ropes" of the ring, so you are for sure pressured.
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