jump through hoops

Definition of jump through hoops


  1. :  to do a complicated or annoying series of things in order to get or achieve something We had to jump through a lot of hoops to get a loan from the bank. It shouldn't be necessary to jump through hoops to get a computer to work properly.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to spring into the air :  leap

    :  to spring free from the ground or other base by the muscular action of feet and legs

    :  to move suddenly or involuntarily :  start

  1. :  exactly, pat

  1. :  an act of jumping :  leap

    :  any of several sports competitions featuring a leap, spring, or bound

    :  a leap in figure skating in which the skater leaves the ice with both feet and turns in the air

hoopplay hoops
  1. :  a circular strip used especially for holding together the staves of containers or as a plaything

    :  a circular figure or object :  ring

    :  the rim of a basketball goal

  1. :  to bind or fasten with or as if with a hoop

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a rounded knoll or a ridge of ice

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