hop, skip, and jump


: a short distance

Example Sentences

it looked like only a hop, skip, and jump on the map, but the drive took six hours
Recent Examples on the Web Check out this list of US destinations that may be a hop, skip, and jump away from you. Alexandra Meeks, CNN, 6 Sep. 2022 The residence, which has had a makeover by design studio Bergman & Mar, is located on 101 Cleveland Street—just a hop, skip, and jump away from Dickens’ first home. Kaitlyn Mcinnis, Forbes, 26 Feb. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1760, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hop, skip, and jump was in 1760

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“Hop, skip, and jump.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hop%2C%20skip%2C%20and%20jump. Accessed 1 Jun. 2023.

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