jump through hoops


: 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.

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Cooper warned the legislation would make women jump through hoops to receive care and could lead to clinics closing. Sarah Ewall-wice, CBS News, 16 May 2023 Customers don’t like to jump through hoops to buy anything, especially now. Serenity Gibbons, Forbes, 9 Aug. 2022 Insurance may help but many states force patients to jump through hoops before covering it. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, 10 Aug. 2022 Dylan’s Place can accept same-day walk-ins and doesn’t require potential patients to jump through hoops to get into treatment, Savage said. Annie Berman, Anchorage Daily News, 5 Feb. 2023 Ed-tech, tutoring and consulting companies are eager to onboard experienced teachers, offering higher salaries and promises of career growth without forcing them to jump through hoops. Doug Roberts, Forbes, 16 June 2022 Who would kow-tow to this buffoon and jump through hoops for his blessing? J.d. Crowe | Jdcrowe@al.com, al, 4 Apr. 2022 Companies are required to jump through hoops for Federal Communications Commission certification to prove their technology is safe, but this is granted on a per-device basis following practical tests conducted by an independent third party (one reason why research moves at a very slow pace). Simon Hill, Wired, 8 Jan. 2022 Those trying to get money to relatives and friends in Cuba must jump through hoops and work through third parties, and even then are often unsuccessful. Tracy Wilkinson Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 18 Oct. 2021 See More

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“Jump through hoops.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jump%20through%20hoops. Accessed 31 May. 2023.

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