• 1informal A short distance.

    ‘it's just a hop, skip, and jump from my home town’
    • ‘Mentioning the Writers' Collective events remind me that it will just be a hop, skip and jump until festival time.’
    • ‘Iqaluit may be a hop, skip and a jump away from a healthier lifestyle after city council agreed to support the newly created Iqaluit Fitness Society in its search for funding.’
    • ‘The lake is just a hop, skip and jump away from the terrace in the center of the Inn, convenient for the cruise boats to dock.’
    • ‘The fact he had played it was everything, although we did think that the doors would immediately open, and it would be a hop, skip and a jump to a major record deal.’
    • ‘From there she compiled a book of horoscopes for women, and it was only a hop, skip and jump to convince her publishers to let her write nincompoopish novels aimed at women.’
    • ‘Kaleo knew his way around the city well, and to him, everything was just a hop, skip and a jump away.’
    • ‘Especially since we know for a fact that US Special Forces units are just a hop, skip and a jump away in Jordan.’
    • ‘His business place was just a hop, skip and a jump from my home!’
    • ‘However, we all know the REAL reason I love our new place is that it is barely a hop, skip, or jump from one of New York's best cupcake joints.’
    • ‘Just a hop, skip and jump from the back of the recreation building is the Iowa football facility.’
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    See hop

    old-fashioned term for triple jump
    • ‘Such as synchronised diving, a sport so strictly, brazenly state of the art that it makes the hop, skip and jump look useful.’
    • ‘To make matters worse, the man tipped to replace him as the planet's leading exponent of the hop, skip and jump will not be in action today on account of his nationality.’
    • ‘He has been a constant gold winner in the shot, long jump, hop step and jump, and discus.’
    • ‘He was a real all-rounder, winning seven All-Ireland hop step and jump titles and numerous longjump titles at Kerry, Cork and Munster level.’