Similar to the expression ‘playing with fire’ although inciting different imagery. While both expressions refer to a course of action that may result in an unpleasing outcome either for you or others around you, ‘choking the rope’ more usually means its your own neck that’s on the line.
You’re really choking the rope with your attitude. I don't know how much more of this I can tolerate.
by The Captive Spirit September 12, 2010