An idiom describing the action plan for resolving a dillemma, which will ultimately prove futile. Term pioneered by Mr. Lahey, in describing how Ricky and Julian from the Trailer Park Boys will try to get out of a situation he'll put them in, but won't be able to.
"The boys are playing a shitgame Randy"
"What do you mean Mr. Lahey?"
"Those fuckknobs are climbing up a shitrope Randy. Do you know what a shitrope is?
"No Mr Lahey"
"It's a rope for fucksuckers like those three. A rope for criminals. The harder you squeeze to the rope, the more you slide down it into the shit puddle."