goat rope--definition--A very confused situation

To teach new cowboys the art of roping a moving target, such as a horse or a steer, novices would be put in a pen full of goats, which were smaller and less dangerous, to hone their craft. The old-timers would gather to watch, drink, whoop and be amused by the ensuing melee. It was not a pretty sight.

I'm a writer with a book of the same name and I did extensive research to find the origins of this term.
Man, what a train wreck, what a goat rope!"
#train wreck #clusterfuck #fubar #out of control #in a spin
بواسطة Daniel Blore أكتوبر/تشرين الأوّل 25, 2007
Top Definition
When good intentions go bad, messily.

History: From LCDR Charles Breen, USN, who tried to untangle a goat's rope, only to be bitten by said goat, then to deck same goat, Mongo style, right as busload of tourists rounded the bend in time to think he was beating the crap out of a goat for no reason. This definition dates back to at least 1988.
Man, this is the last time I help you move, what a goat rope.
بواسطة KnumbKnuts مايو/أيار 18, 2005
A total freaking mess
An unorganized disaster
Clusterfuck
Holy shit, what a goat-rope that was.
بواسطة Odin يونيو/حَزيران 10, 2004
(This term is used by Marines. For links to Army terms with similar meanings see snafu)
a very chaotic situation
The situation in the auditorium turned into a real goat rope.
#cluster fuck #fuck up #goat-rope #goatrope #goat screw #millitary #snafu
بواسطة The Return of Light Joker إبريل/نَيْسان 28, 2009
US military (specifically Air Force military transport) jargon ca. 1970s-1980s, referring to an operation or undertaking involving an unnecessarily large number of people, most of them contributing nothing or actually impeding progress. Typically used to refer to flightline operations where military brass felt it necessary to make their presence felt and impede the normal duties/operations of the aircrew, offering "advice" or "assistance" that was neither requested nor needed.
"We got gear up and flaps up out of Norton (Air Force Base) on time, no sweat, but Travis was a major goat-rope and a half. We had three times as many Base Ops types and ground-pounders in the cargo compartment as crewmembers, and the only reason they finally got the hell out of the way is that they didn't want to buy a crew delay."
#goatrope #3-ring circus #mass gaggle #clusterfuck #dog-and-pony show
بواسطة speedstan مايو/أيار 4, 2008
1. Appalachian slang for a real mess, a situation out of control,military saying
this situation is really goatrope
#military sayings #bad situation #screwed up #military #army
بواسطة mark punk surfer سبتمبر/أيلول 20, 2006
As a farmer, tying up a goat leads to all kinds of problems. Goats will try to push the limits of the rope and somehow find a fence or rail to jump. They eventually tangle the rope and continue to try to jump obstacles until they literally hang themselves.

So it is any stupid action that leads one to get themselves or others into a no-win situation that could have been avoided.
Dad left the lid off the blender when making a "smoothie". Now we have to clean it off the walls before Mom gets home, what a goat rope.
#goat #rope #stupid #no-win #hang
بواسطة Talomir مارس/آذَار 12, 2014
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