When Presidential race and caucuses are close, the candidates seem to be busy in “working a lope line” as in the following examples:.
Wolf needs to work on his rope line speed. - www.pennlive.com/.../gov - Jnuary 20. 2015
Caucus Click: Romney works the rope line. After his campaign event in Mobile, Ala., was canceled due to rain, Mitt Romney spoke to supporters who waited outside along the rope line. - New York Times March 12, 2012
Ever see Bush work a "rope line"? Remember when we had a president who did? - Democratic Undergroundcom.
Though it’s imaginable, but what does “work a rope line” exactly mean?
Does it refer to candidates’ shake-hands, hugging, and speaking to supporters in line? Is “work a lope line” an idiom? Is it applicable to “rope line work” with fans of personalities such as actors / actresses and singers other than politicians?