is·​land-hop ˈī-lənd-ˌhäp How to pronounce island-hop (audio)
island-hopped; island-hopping; island-hops

intransitive verb

: to travel from island to island in a chain

Examples of island-hop in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As a means of pressuring China to stop the war, the U.S. Marine Corps, with support from the U.S. Army, embarks on an island-hopping campaign in the South China Sea. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 1 Sep. 2023 Thomas has for years accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of gifts from GOP megadonor Harlan Crow, in the form of island-hopping yacht vacations. Tori Otten, The New Republic, 4 Aug. 2023 These include luxurious island-hopping vacations, tuition payments for Thomas’s grandnephew’s private school education, and even the purchase of Thomas’s family property, where the justice’s mother still lives. Tori Otten, The New Republic, 22 June 2023 The undisclosed offerings from the Nazi memorabilia–collecting billionaire included luxurious island-hopping excursions on superyachts and even a secret deal in which Crow bought Thomas family property and proceeded to upgrade it while Thomas’s mother still lived in it. Prem Thakker, The New Republic, 26 Apr. 2023 Thomas and his wife, Ginni, continued to take trips at Crow’s expense after that 2004 report was published, including stays at private resorts and a 2019 island-hopping vacation on a 162-foot superyacht, ProPublica reported. Brian Bushard, Forbes, 18 Apr. 2023 One island-hopping 2019 trip to Indonesia alone was valued at more than $500,000. Michael McAuliff, al, 7 Apr. 2023 The owners like to cruise the US Eastern Seaboard and island-hop the Bahamas and Caribbean. Julia Zaltzman, Robb Report, 7 Apr. 2023 Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has spent decades secretly enjoying lavish island-hopping excursions on superyachts and on-demand private jet rides courtesy of a billionaire Republican megadonor, ProPublica has revealed. Prem Thakker, The New Republic, 6 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1944, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of island-hop was in 1944

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“Island-hop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

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