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The act of removing a societal standard of achievement and related shame of failing to reach a standard. (past tense)
In reference to the rope in school gymnasiums which were historically climbed as part of physical education, but were removed in '90's as part of a societal trend and are no longer included in standard curricula. Defined by Adam Carolla.
Q: France used to be excellent, what the hell happened?
A: Took down the rope.

San Francisco took down the rope by implementing a program to cut checks to homeless people.
by bossk21 September 11, 2009