A rope line is a rope, often covered with velvet, that separates celebrities from a crowd. It is hung from portable metal or plastic posts. In American political terminology, a politician "walking down the rope line" or "working the rope line" is shaking hands of his or her supporters and guests.
- In 2004, U.S. President George W. Bush explained that he had only met Ahmed Chalabi in informal settings, such as the rope line at the 2004 State of the Union address .
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