Main definitions of hop in US English:

: hop1hop2


verbhopped, hopping, hops

[no object]
  • 1(of a person) move by jumping on one foot.

    • ‘‘You're hopping, you're jumping, you're running, you're planting your feet,’ he says.’
    • ‘Cedric jumped back to help her and unattached the shoe in a flash, but poor Jane was now hopping around on one foot.’
    • ‘If you see a one-legged woman hopping around Monks Cross shopping centre in a rather nice oatmeal suede boot, trip her up, sit on her and call me.’
    • ‘With a yelp of pain, he started hopping on one foot, glaring and cursing at the tree, which stood calmly and impassively before him.’
    • ‘He's hopping from one foot to the other and his eyes wear a permanent smile.’
    • ‘I let Jason's weight fall onto Brian and then they start onto towards the door, with Jason hopping on one foot.’
    • ‘I arranged to meet him in a pub in Naas and I was expecting someone older and I was hopping on one foot waiting to meet him when he came over to me.’
    • ‘But you really do, much as it smarts - much as you'll feel like you're hopping on one foot - need to start venturing to the doc and the store and the bed alone.’
    • ‘Suddenly I saw the folds of my bed curtain stir; and heard a bumping sound, like that caused by some person hopping on one foot across the floor.’
    • ‘I started hopping from one foot to the other, it couldn't get any worse. could it?’
    • ‘Each of us took turns pitching the lime-stone into one of the sections, and then we would hop on one foot in each section to collect the lime-stone.’
    • ‘He was hopping along on one leg, and appeared to find breathing painful.’
    • ‘I also remember when I was a kid my mother came hopping on one foot into my room, claiming she'd lost sensation in her lower leg save for excruciating pain.’
    • ‘David hopped on one foot, tying his shoe, and had a piece of bread shoved into his mouth.’
    • ‘This evening I was hopping around the bedroom after coming out of the shower, towel tied around my waist.’
    • ‘Her mother Bernadette added: ‘A week later she was hopping around on the one leg.’’
    • ‘The person in the toilet is taking ages and the littlest boy is hopping from foot to foot.’
    • ‘While a person may hop on one foot, it is difficult to envision a bird flying with only one wing.’
    • ‘By my appointment time of 9.30 I was hopping around, and by the time I actually went in at 9.40 I was in sheer agony but oh the relief afterwards!’
    • ‘The day I got out of hospital I was hopping down the street on my crutches when the boss drove past; he waved and kept going.’
    jump, bound, spring, bounce, skip, jig, trip, flit, leap, prance, caper, dance, frolic, gambol
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    1. 1.1 (of a bird or other animal) move by jumping with two or all feet at once.
      ‘a blackbird was hopping around in the sun’
      • ‘On the forest floor, two rabbit-sized, hoofed animals hop through the low underbrush.’
      • ‘Becky was on her way to watch the kids play Jacks and Hopscotch by the tennis courts, when she spotted the little creature hopping near a trash can in the garden trail rest area.’
      • ‘Contrary to popular belief, these insects do not hop, jump, or fly.’
      • ‘First, I sketched the bird hopping about the garden.’
      • ‘When I moved back to a distance of four or five feet, they would hop over and take their crackers.’
      • ‘The birds hopped closer to inspect the foreign object that had entered their domain before one particularly brave soul perched itself upon her hand.’
      • ‘There, a bird hopped from spot to spot, searching for a worm beneath the ground as the Lord had instructed her to do.’
      • ‘Similarly, if you observe birds hopping around on the ground, you are not going to think ‘warblers.’’
      • ‘Here and there deer wandered, and rabbits hopped through the fields.’
      • ‘All kinds of exotic birds hop on the sand near the window.’
      • ‘They move primarily by hopping on their hind limbs.’
      • ‘Actions are jerky and the bird hops rather than climbs even when beneath a branch.’
      • ‘In this posture, the bird hops backward on the perch, moving upward if the perch is inclined.’
      • ‘A few of these ground-foraging warblers hopped across the grass, close enough to enjoy without binoculars.’
      • ‘There were chipmunks and squirrels fussing, rabbits hopping and jumping, and even an owl hooting softly.’
      • ‘The pigeon hopped away and Sara was forced once more to turn her attention back to the funeral.’
      • ‘Within 5 minute they were hopping around, eating seeds, running into one hole and coming out another 20 feet away.’
      • ‘I sat on the ground for hours with crumbs on my hand and watched as the birds hopped forward and then fluttered away, then even closer and away again, unsure whether to trust the gift.’
      • ‘All over the UK there are millions of rabbits cowering in the undergrowth awaiting the moment when they can hop hopefully to the nearest patch of grass and nibble to their heart's content.’
      • ‘Many birds of prey were hopping around on the ground, eating grubs and worms, unable to fly because of the lack of thermals.’
    2. 1.2 Spring or leap a short distance with one jump.
      ‘he hopped down from the rock’
      • ‘He sat up and stretched, and his son hopped onto the couch beside him.’
      • ‘We hop, skip, jump around and over it, at least twice a day, familiar now, to the danger, adroit at avoidance.’
      • ‘She leaped agilely back up, hopping carefully onto the ancient wall.’
      • ‘Alyssia helped him up onto her horse then hopped on behind him.’
      • ‘The rabbit just hopped over the next row of lettuces and turned to look at the boy.’
      • ‘I hopped over a few cardboard boxes and leaped up onto a couple of dumpsters, walking on top of them and then jumping back down just for the fun of it.’
      • ‘To anyone without infrared vision, it looked like she was doing some sort of bizarre, tribal dance, hopping over invisible things in a seemingly utterly empty room.’
      • ‘Andy hopped up on the table for a minute, stared at her, then slapped Mia across the chops, drove her out of the seat, and settled in her place.’
      • ‘I turned on my heel and immediately set off in the direction of the sound, in a straight line so that I had to hop over a wall and leap a few bushes.’
      • ‘As I hopped down the short steps, I went around to the side of the house, where my bike was.’
      • ‘Since I was the closest to the door, I was the first out, and hopped down the short steps and turned right to my bike.’
      • ‘His long suffering partner Jennie Harrington danced beautifully even when hopping over Thomas's backside!’
      • ‘With a stiff spring, the particle hops over short distances and tends to be localized, whereas the particle can make long jumps, sliding over many valleys, when the spring is soft.’
      • ‘I hopped over the short picket fence surrounding our garden, onto the sidewalk and ran as fast as I could towards the bus stop.’
      • ‘The dog hopped over the creature and sat down next to him, panting.’
      • ‘He hopped down from the short stage and Jerry followed him to the outer wall.’
      • ‘The Leinster champions had another slice of good fortune when a poor point attempt by Sheridan fell short but hopped over the bar for a point.’
      • ‘I quickly got into my bathing suit, and hopped into my favorite shorts, that didn't have back pockets.’
      • ‘The doppelgänger leapt over the spikes and hopped onto the wall as the others followed.’
      • ‘I dashed over to the small spring and hopped to a rock that was in the middle of it.’
      • ‘Will hopped onto the bed and was still much shorter than John.’
    3. 1.3with object Jump over (something)
      ‘the cow hopped the fence’
      • ‘We followed a narrow dirt path off the main road, hopped a couple of fences, went across a field, up a hill, and there it was: it all came back to me.’
      • ‘If the weather's nice we hop a few fences and see parts of the park that no one except the forest rangers have visited for a century.’
      • ‘And William jumps off that little fellow and hops the fence and he and I run like crazy and hide in the house with all the animals that live in the dark.’
      • ‘Not only did Monica fear for her family, she also had little privacy, because golfers often would hop their short backyard fence to search for errant shots.’
      • ‘He'll probably think you're the coolest chick if you hop the fence and head to the court with the boys.’
      • ‘He hopped the fence behind the dormhouse and walked across the street.’
      • ‘Now I don't get Down Under too often, so this is a good shot at having me hop the Pond to Australia while I'm there, as well as going to other place in EnZed.’
      • ‘Humpty Hump from the Digital Underground hops the ropes to join The Perceptionists.’
      • ‘Brewer was accused of hopping the fence at a daycare center that Maddox was attending.’
      • ‘I jumped a fence, ran down backyards and alleys, hopped another fence, and the dog was waiting.’
      • ‘When he thought it was safe to come out, he hopped a fence onto another street, only to find his attackers waiting there.’
      • ‘It hopped the distance between the two beds and settled down on Ariana's pillow.’
      • ‘During the event, Ezell hopped a guardrail and tried to run onto the field.’
      • ‘The U.S., for its part, counted it as a victory when a member of the Bolshoi would hop an airport turnstile and defect.’
      • ‘He hopped the small white fence and jogged over to us, fishing a pair of keys out of his khaki pants.’
      • ‘I hopped the fence of Sal's Auto Lot and found the only car that wasn't a bucket.’
      • ‘Then he hopped the railing and trotted over the line.’
      • ‘Hildebrand's first attempt at hopping the gender fence hasn't really proved all that difficult.’
      • ‘Cops cuffed him and brought him to the Guy station where he attempted to escape by hopping a small wall.’
      • ‘I hopped the railing and stood on the path, and she had knelt down to adjust the toddler's helmet about 80m ahead of me.’
    4. 1.4informal Pass quickly from one place to another.
      ‘let's hop over to the bar’
      • ‘Last winter, a family hopped to Lapland for six hours to meet Santa.’
    5. 1.5 Make a quick change of position, location, or activity.
      ‘over the years he hopped from one department to another’
      • ‘Lori crossed the room in a few quick paces and hopped up on a stool at the island that sectioned off the kitchen from the dinning room.’
      • ‘They hopped back to their positions on either side of the bridge.’
      • ‘The dot com revolution spawned a whole new generation of savvy, job hopping free agents who each said proudly they were their own security.’
      • ‘They've seen in recent years how quickly it's possible to get ahead by job hopping, yet they crave security in the face of today's shaky business climate.’
      • ‘The cold feel of the paint all over her face made her hop up and start jumping around, in a vain attempt to remove the paint.’
      • ‘Too much to do, too little done, too many ideas, I keep hopping from one to the other like a demented grasshopper, but slower.’
      • ‘As he was sat watching the birds hopping from branch to branch, he heard the sound of footfalls off to his side.’
      • ‘No question about it, label hopping kills most bands.’
      • ‘They lay down, with the birds hopping from branch to branch above them and the bright sky peeping down at them.’
      • ‘Everyone was job hopping, often moving up a level with each hop.’
      • ‘He gave me a quick kiss before hopping onto the podium.’
      • ‘Finally, he gets around me and lane hops a bit and that's the last I see of him.’
      • ‘The woman hopped to her feet and swatted at him without a second thought.’
      • ‘With their genre hopping style, The Offcuts are a unique live prospect, with many surprised by their sudden, ferocious appearance on stage.’
      • ‘So a quick decision later we hopped over to the supermarket feeling lucky they would have some left.’
      • ‘After working in the organization for perhaps a year, they hop jobs, with the primary objective being more money.’
      • ‘This should also apply to those who hop parties without plausible reasons.’
      • ‘Now people hop, skip, and jump among religious bodies and congregations, picking and choosing, paying their money and taking their choice.’
    6. 1.6informal with object Board (a bus, airplane, or other mode of transportation)
      ‘she hopped a train in Winnipeg’
      • ‘Already, it's easy to see that writers and coaches have hopped on board the Boise and Fresno trains.’
      • ‘At 8.30 am yesterday, the Advertiser clocked 46 people hopping onto buses; by 9am that figure had risen to 106.’
      • ‘Todd hopped on a WestJet flight and was home before I was.’
      • ‘Some people can hop off the red-eye at 6am and whizz straight to their desks.’
      • ‘Passengers hopped on and off between stops, which may not have had the blessing of the Health and Safety Executive but it was certainly damned convenient.’
      • ‘Before she could register what was happening, Damien took off for the train and hopped on board.’
      • ‘We all hopped on, relieved to be out of the cold, and spent a frustrating hour virtually motionless.’
      • ‘Then they'll hop on a plane and head home tomorrow evening.’
      • ‘‘It suggests she is hopping on the political bandwagon to get the massive Knocknacarra vote,’ said Ms Shanley.’
      • ‘People could hop on and off the tram and do their shopping.’
      • ‘And, more so than many other cities in the country, they are hopping on a plane over to resorts in Spain, France and Greece to get it.’
      • ‘I hopped on board a car headed for Canal Street not realizing that I was really only a few blocks from the end of the line.’
      • ‘If there's a resistance strain of tuberculosis somewhere in Africa, it can hop on an airplane with a passenger and go over to the U.S. or go over to Europe.’
      • ‘If they want to know why Green voters aren't hopping on the Gore bandwagon, they don't need to look beyond their own candidate.’
      • ‘This is definitely not a tourist area, so we just hopped off, walked around for a half hour and returned to the ferry dock.’
      • ‘Today, it's no big deal to hop on an airplane and travel halfway around the world in a matter of hours.’
      • ‘Next Thursday, they are hopping on a plane to go and stay with their godmother first then aunties and cousins.’
      • ‘People could hop on and off, and travel as far as they needed to at a more normal speed.’
      • ‘People will hop on easyJet and take their money elsewhere.’
      • ‘People were hopping on and off the bus with alacrity and some enjoyed more than one trip per day.’
    7. 1.7North American informal with object Jump onto (a moving vehicle)
      ‘ex-soldiers looking for work hopped freight trains heading west’
      • ‘The following day we hopped a train from Burgos to Sahagun, and began to hike the Camino Frances.’
      • ‘The perfect setting for a little ego death on the Nile before hopping the sleeper train back to Cairo.’
      • ‘With the release of the first bit of material since he hopped the solo train, I'm sorry to say that not too much has changed.’
      • ‘Ortiz then went went solo, hopping a train to Philadelphia.’
      • ‘I walked because I loved it; then I lapsed into hopping the train to save 15 minutes.’
      • ‘I got up off the plane, went out, tried to find people on the phone, tried to find out what happened, and hopped a plane home to Atlanta.’
      • ‘After pooling the cash, she skipped bail on the day of her trial and hopped a flight to Los Angeles, leaving her daughters with her aunt.’
      • ‘If you start to burn out on Amsterdam, hop a train to Haarlem.’
      • ‘Finally, with the stubborn courage only the young possess, I hopped the night train for Tokyo without any ticket at all.’
      • ‘So you're more likely to hop a ride in one of these in the U.S., Canada, Russia, or New Zealand than on a London street.’
      • ‘I was going to hop the train, but it was four blocks away, a distance any respectable New Yorker would walk.’
      • ‘As soon as I graduated from high school, I hopped the first train to New York City.’
      • ‘He came back to one of my classes and talked about all this stuff like how if you don't know what you're doing, you can just get sliced in half trying to hop the trains.’
      • ‘Keller lives his life like a high-priced courier, hopping a plane ever few months to deliver his terrible package to some unsuspecting recipient.’
      • ‘He invented an alternative biography about working-class roots, an upbringing in New Mexico and hopping boxcars across the country.’
      • ‘He hopped railcars across Mexico and entered the United States illegally in early 1997.’
      • ‘My head is swimming with dreams and schemes and the overwhelming desire to hop a bus or a train or a plane and make this dream happen.’
      • ‘Then Ida put aside her life of duty and quiet respectability in the little upstate town of New Paltz and hopped a train.’
      • ‘No more long waits to hop planes at busy European or South-east Asian airports.’
      • ‘Now, he wondered, if she would seriously try to come after him, hopping the train and quite possibly dying just for a few dollars that would equal nothing more than a train ticket.’
    8. 1.8-hoppingusually as noun in combination (of an aircraft or ferry) pass quickly from one place to another.
      ‘two-week island-hopping packages’
      • ‘I then hopped over to Amazon, my online music retailer of choice, and found the album there as well.’
      • ‘Arif Mohammed Khan hopped from one channel to another, explaining his leap of faith.’
      • ‘For the past 10 years, he's hopped around the globe working for SAP Computer Systems.’
      • ‘Suddenly concerned he opened the door quickly and rushed inside, startling Blair who was hopping from the desk to the couch.’
      • ‘And she then proceeded to hop around the dance floor to the beat.’
      • ‘It skipped Shanghai, hopping suddenly to the north of China, Professor Yu Zhihao of Nanjing University explained.’
      • ‘Somewhat disappointed, I compensated by hopping next door to McDonald's for my first burger meal since I've been on my own.’
      • ‘You can't simply have people hopping around at will to avoid the authorities.’
      • ‘After two hours' rock hopping the forest starts to yield to scrub and eventually meadow as we emerge above the treeline.’
      • ‘To capture a view of the scientific display, the rural students hopped from one room to another.’
      • ‘I had a very short nap while Graham hopped over the road to a sandwich bar and secured a late but exceedingly tasty lunch.’
      • ‘Soon the moraine squeezes against the river, and Asia and I are forced to hop boulder to slippery boulder.’
      • ‘The industry really seems to consist of the same 50 people hopping around some ten places all the time.’
      • ‘The World came to Cobh on Saturday, has been in Waterford since yesterday and journeys to Belfast tomorrow, hops across to Scotland and then visits Dublin on August 20.’
      • ‘Here is an event that is sure to trigger the youngsters to hop on to the dance floor for a jig.’
      • ‘Normally I could persuade my employers to cough up for this, but I'm increasingly hopping between companies where that's not an option.’
      • ‘Frequency hopping, and radio encryption in general, is a short step away from digital radio.’
      • ‘Bars door after door, street after street in Vieux-Nice enable you to hop bar to bar with minimal effort.’
      • ‘She apparently is in the hospitality business and is presently island hopping in her work.’
      • ‘These are just a few of the questions that I ask as I continue island hopping in Greece.’
      • ‘Repeat sequences are short stretches of DNA that have been hopping around the genome by copying and inserting themselves into new regions.’
      go, dash, rush
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    9. 1.9hop itBritish informal Go away quickly.
      • ‘There was packing to do, times to arrange, plans to confirm but in the end they got on a plane and hopped it to Topaz's home town.’
      • ‘Tali hopped it to Melbourne in 2001; a year later came her meeting with Size.’
      • ‘There's the brooding and mysterious Velimir Zajec, catalyst for Harry hopping it, and there's the long-lost hero - what has Joe Jordan been doing for the last few years?’
      • ‘Frank walked in, looked over and said, in that unmistakable basso profundo: ‘Oi, Mr Observer man, hop it.’’
      • ‘You can hop it back home to Australia immediately.’
      • ‘I suspect that what is actually happening is that the UK would like to declare success in the South and hop it over to Afghanistan to join the Nato-led forces there, while the US withdraws to its permanent bases.’
      • ‘Those hard-working folk at BT's plush HQ opposite St Paul's Cathedral in London have been told that the building is going to be sold and they're going to have to hop it.’
      • ‘By his own say-so an insignificant umpire could dismiss a world class player by the lift of his finger rather as if a stage carpenter could have told Sir John Gielgud to hop it.’
      • ‘So I hopped it to next-door St Lucia and probably my favourite restaurant in the world, Bang.’
      • ‘I just looked inside, told it to hop it, and it has.’
      • ‘A guy I work with, and have known for years, although not well, just hopped it from work, with no warning.’
      • ‘We hopped it and entered the maze of the Old City.’
      • ‘A few weeks ago, I was in Harrods and some obnoxious female told me to hop it - I was complaining.’
      • ‘Dirty gave him a load of cash and told him to hop it.’
      • ‘Because I have become either wise or dull, I decided to hop it.’
      • ‘These cheeky beggars should have been told to hop it.’
      • ‘Gary Ruane came across and I hopped it back inside.’
      • ‘Three large frog warning signs have unaccountably hopped it from Stainton village.’

nounPlural hops

  • 1A hopping movement.

    • ‘The verticality of the torsos and a repeated motif of small, close-to-the-body hops appeared to pay tribute to the medieval music and dances that inspired the piece.’
    • ‘It was a courtship dance, involving a combination of hops and steps.’
    • ‘On one leg, jump forward for ten hops, minimizing ground contact.’
    • ‘Functional testing was also performed, and this included the single-legged hop and vertical jump tests.’
    • ‘Particularly noteworthy were the women's parallel hops and shoulder shakes, which sent their braids flying.’
    • ‘Gliding by each other, they interjected small hops and skips into cross-stepping patterns.’
    • ‘In week three, add the following plyometric drills to the routine: ten forward and backward jumps, then two sets of four hops up onto a two-foot-high box.’
    • ‘The dancers rely on powerful, rather slow, twirling movements with hops.’
    • ‘Most of the dances include stamps, hops, squats, slides, and hip swivels, reflecting the occasion for which it is intended.’
    • ‘They progress by short runs or a series of hops with pauses and an always alert posture.’
    • ‘She danced, as if to herself, with lots of hops and fancy footwork.’
    • ‘Some toads have relatively short hind limbs and move forward by a series of hops, while others actually walk.’
    • ‘On the ground they proceed in frog-like hops, or occasionally walk on all fours.’
    • ‘I added a minor hop and skip to my customary semi-shuffle and waved my stick about a bit.’
    • ‘With one step and a hop, he leaped towards the flying monster and stabbed his dagger straight right under its jaw.’
    • ‘Every now and again a gentle hop or two, perhaps that peculiar walk where the tail becomes a third leg.’
    • ‘You might be used to frogs taking long jumps, but cane toads move with short, rapid hops or a running walk instead.’
    • ‘Really exaggerate this movement until you can perform it with a slight hop at the start of the turn.’
    • ‘The single-legged hop and vertical jump tests were performed to assess functional strength.’
    • ‘I came out of work tonight with a kind of a hop and a skip.’
    jump, bound, bounce, prance, leap, spring, skip, gambol
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    1. 1.1 A short journey or distance.
      ‘a short hop by cab from Soho’
      • ‘It offers excellent communications and a short sea hop to Sri Lanka.’
      • ‘A plane hop or ferry ride from Maui lands you in Lanai.’
      • ‘It's a short and pleasant hop through one of Rio's most attractive middle-class neighborhoods.’
      • ‘We made the trip home in one hop.’
      • ‘Now it was just a hop on an internal flight from Luxor to Aswan and on to the banks of the Nile and lake Nasser.’
      • ‘For short city hops, tuk-tuks are available all over the country.’
      • ‘Many iSCSI applications are latency sensitive, so building the network with the fewest number of hops and the shortest possible links is usually a key consideration.’
      • ‘Getting to Okanagan involves a four - to six-hour drive or a short plane hop from Vancouver or Seattle.’
      • ‘The flight was the smoothest hour and a half hop ever, and the landing, everyone commented, was a transparent glide from air to runway.’
      • ‘It takes about 8 minutes for that trip, so the short, final hop from the Moon to the Earth is trivial by comparison.’
      • ‘Start early by taking the train to Ardrossan and the short ferry hop to Bute.’
      • ‘This day started off with a typical flight brief for a short one-hour hop.’
      • ‘They tend to attract people who like the idea of a proper voyage, rather than a series of hops between ports.’
      • ‘Even the timing of a Nato summit which Bush is attending this weekend in Istanbul, a short plane hop from Baghdad, had been shifted back a few weeks so as to take place two days before the handover.’
      • ‘You see them flying all over the world, mostly on short to medium hops.’
      • ‘After completing ground training, I was scheduled for my first hop at the flight-instructor-training unit.’
      • ‘Both are scheduled for the same time and the venues are too distant to make a hop from one to the next without missing out on the key presentations.’
      • ‘The number of hops on the shortest path between people is sometimes called the graph distance or degree of separation between those people.’
      • ‘Longer distance communications can be achieved in multiple hops without loss of data rate.’
      • ‘Flying from Maine to Arizona in a single hop, the 3,000 mile journey took roughly 6.5 hours.’
      journey, distance, ride, drive, run, trip, jaunt
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  • 2An informal dance.

    • ‘They were every bit as good and enjoyable as they were all those years ago at the rugby hops in The County Hotel and other venues.’
    • ‘For Ryan, however, the more important component of lindy hop is its roots in black history.’
    • ‘The rock ‘n’ roll record hop with DJ Flashback Billy takes place at the High Royds Sport and Social Club.’
    • ‘This surge in popularity in all forms of dance is equally mirrored in the lindy hop, with many events occurring around the country.’
    • ‘The band then romp through three road songs that most people would die for to have in their repertoire, each single one would get people leaping about on the dance floor at a college hop.’
    dance, social, party, jamboree, gathering, function, disco
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  • hop, skip (or step), and (a) jump

    • 1A short distance.

      ‘it's just a hop, skip, and jump from my home town’
      • ‘Especially since we know for a fact that US Special Forces units are just a hop, skip and a jump away in Jordan.’
      • ‘Mentioning the Writers' Collective events remind me that it will just be a hop, skip and jump until festival time.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘His business place was just a hop, skip and a jump from my home!’
      • ‘Just a hop, skip and jump from the back of the recreation building is the Iowa football facility.’
      • ‘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.’
    • 2

      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 was a real all-rounder, winning seven All-Ireland hop step and jump titles and numerous longjump titles at Kerry, Cork and Munster level.’
      • ‘He has been a constant gold winner in the shot, long jump, hop step and jump, and discus.’
  • hop the twig (or stick)

    • informal Depart suddenly or die.

      • ‘It was the best Frankie Howerd impersonation I've seen since the man himself hopped the twig.’
      • ‘I'm a donor, and my wishes won't be overruled if I hop the twig.’
      • ‘If memory serves I think it was the late Bernard Levin who coined the phrase Single Issue Fanatics, and I think he was referring to ‘animal rights people’. I didn't know Levin had hopped the twig.’
      • ‘Klein, a walking catalogue of infirmities, known to medical consultants as ‘he who declines to hop the twig,’ may not be up to much physically but there's a lot of sex going on in his head.’
      • ‘I'm in early middle age, so it's not a complete surprise that this is also the time when one's parents are apt to hop the twig.’
      • ‘When my time comes I will hop the twig a happy man, in the knowledge that during my lifetime I have been instrumental in the planting of thousands of trees.’
      • ‘I see Ronald Reagan has hopped the twig, aged 93.’
      • ‘To go west means to hop the twig, pop one's clog, hand in one's dinner pail, and so on.’
      • ‘As far as I can tell, the general thinks highly of Lord Geoffrey socially, and I know he worries that I'll be left all alone when he hops the twig, as he puts it.’
      • ‘I am 61 now and I have never tired of the acoustic guitar and when I hop the twig I will have learned half of what is out there, or even only heard half of what is out there but I never tire of it - never tire of it.’
  • on the hop

    • 1informal Unprepared.

      ‘he was caught on the hop’
      • ‘But we just relaxed slightly and were caught on the hop which was a great shame.’
      • ‘I have to admit I was caught on the hop, completely unaware that the draw had even taken place.’
      • ‘Even at the special meeting held at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre last Tuesday, there were times when the board were caught on the hop and accused of complacency and arrogance.’
      • ‘The Government appeared to have been caught on the hop by the Supreme Administrative Court decision on Kozlodui last Thursday.’
      • ‘Even the president's natural supporters were caught on the hop, leaving them little choice but to ride the negative wave of public reaction lest they drown in it.’
      • ‘Mr Clarke was clearly caught on the hop if his comments in response to our reporter's questions are anything to go by.’
      • ‘He added: ‘We were caught on the hop by the number of people that wanted to come and express their solidarity.’’
      • ‘He also keeps his laptop beside him each evening, monitoring world price movements to avoid being caught on the hop.’
      • ‘Caught on the hop by rapidly shifting priorities in Washington and London, the intelligence community, which had regarded Iran as the greater threat, may have been unable to adapt in time.’
      • ‘Just a few weeks ago the rogue traders were caught on the hop.’
      unprepared, unready, off guard, unawares, by surprise, with one's defences down
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    • 2informal Bustling around; busy.

      ‘we were always kept on the hop’
      • ‘Carlos, who was named after Carlos the Jackal, has been on the hop ever since.’
      • ‘Simultaneously Digvijay started on the twin tracks of populism on the one hand and administrative change on the other which kept the opposition on the hop.’
      • ‘It was my periodontist, racing the clock and on the hop, who gave me two weeks to choose between two very depressing solutions to the root problem which has me miserably swallowing antibiotics.’
      • ‘As always, music is keeping Tommy Cowan on the hop.’
      • ‘Centuries to Justin Langer, Ricky Ponting and Damien Martyn kept Leicestershire on the hop as Australia amassed 7 for 582, scoring 413 runs in the day.’
      • ‘She gave us a brilliant, capricious Serse, always a King, always keeping his subjects on the hop.’
      busy, occupied, employed, working, at work, rushed off one's feet, hard-pressed, on the job
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  • hop to it

    • Begin a task quickly; get busy.

      ‘I shall have the experience of snapping my fingers and having people hop to it’
      • ‘Now, hop to it, we haven't got all the time in the world.’
      • ‘This ID card brings back a lot of bad memories, many of them involving roommates who felt compelled to remind me that God's Disciples smile and that I had better hop to it.’
      • ‘‘That's just an excuse,’ said Alice. ‘Now hop to it.’’
      • ‘Waiting tables certainly wasn't Vincent's job, but he hopped to it.’
      • ‘While a few parents are still hopping to it to fill open, begging mouths, most are recovering from the stress of the nesting season, molting their worn feathers and growing fresh new ones.’
      • ‘So libraries that don't hop to it when patrons ask for unblocking may be in serious trouble - and may quickly find themselves in court.’
      • ‘You have five minutes to get to your assigned stations, so hop to it!’
      • ‘Whip them whenever they don't hop to it, and then take everything that they earn.’
      • ‘Then she cleared her throat, and said, ‘Well, hop to it girls… we've got a long week ahead of us.’’
      • ‘Rather than pushing that not-due-for-a-few project aside, hop to it.’
      • ‘She rolled her eyes and screamed ‘Well hop to it!’’
      • ‘If you haven't discovered Clublife yet, you'd best hop to it before this blogger withdraws from cyberspace on the wings of a book deal.’
      • ‘The Bureau of Land Management hopped to it, fast-tracking gas-drilling permits across the Rocky Mountain West and developing an official policy to overcome ‘impediments’ to energy development.’
      • ‘So hop to it guys and gals, get your drinking caps on and chug down some of the good stuff.’
      • ‘Run laps at a track, ride a bike or grab a jump rope and hop to it!’
      • ‘If nobody has any comments or questions, let's hop to it.’
      • ‘If you haven't read ‘The Metaphysical Club,’ a brilliant work of intellectual history that is also a captivating page-turner, hop to it.’
      • ‘He was gesturing to the back of a large group of people ahead of me so without thinking, Poppy and I hopped to it and caught them up.’
      • ‘She was just coming in because it was her day to vacuum our room and Tommy probably made her hop to it before it got too late, but it still surprised me since everybody else was done with chores.’
      • ‘I imagined he'd be there until after I was gone, but he hopped to it and found an apartment with a terrace and everything.’

Phrasal Verbs

  • hop in (or out)

    • Get into (or out of) a car.

      ‘hop in then and we'll be off’
      • ‘Davis and Karen Love, both 60, stood on the pier and remembered hopping in their car and driving down to Brevard County for a night launch.’
      • ‘So if he has a job in Naas, he hops in the helicopter and flies there from Galway.’
      • ‘Deb gets annoyed, hops in a cab home, and writes him off.’
      • ‘It begins in a cab, with Campbell playing the haunted driver spotting a woman on the street who, after a long deliberation, hops in.’
      • ‘The prince nodded, hopping out of the vehicle and sauntering around to the back.’
      • ‘Instead of driving to the new hot spot or hopping out of their cars to do foot patrols, some uniform cops used the program as an excuse to idle in their cruisers.’
      • ‘I'm a little wary of hopping in my car and trying to drive long distances because then you do run the risk of meeting up with them.’
      • ‘‘It sounded like a backfire - and then somebody hooted and shouted to me to hop out of the vehicle as it was on fire,’ she said.’
      • ‘There is a mad scramble with people hopping in and out every time a bus stops.’
      • ‘She then hops in a cab to Heathrow, jumps on the 5.30 pm British Airways flight to JFK and taxis into Manhattan in time for supper at the Upper West Side apartment of her financier fiancé, Ivan.’
      • ‘I would love to be hopping out of my car right now to an uncrowded surf session at a break just like the one on the entry page to the site.’
      • ‘Uncle Sam pulled the truck to a stop near the barn, hopping out and waving the other two vehicles toward him.’
      • ‘How many times do you see people loading their kids into their cars, closing the doors, hopping in themselves, and then lighting a cigarette?’
      • ‘I continued to fight the temper-tantrum urge and resisted honking my horn or hopping out of the car to throw rocks at the train.’
      • ‘First thing I really observed was how very much closer these places are when you're on your own, when it's simply a matter of hopping in the car and going there.’
      • ‘You can charge around on foot with rifles, or hop in any number of vehicles to indulge in some mechanised ultra-violence.’
      • ‘No longer will prospective drivers have to trek down to the state's Motor Vehicle Division office to get their eyes assessed before hopping in a car to take the rest of the test.’
      • ‘One motorist headed toward Texas gestures to the car behind him to go around, if necessary, as he hops out and into a storefront.’
      • ‘It's just a matter of hopping in the car and taking the spin into the ‘big smoke’.’
      • ‘Needless to say, I'm now glad of the practice. I've thus been hopping in the car for an hour or so each day and driving around the place.’


Old English hoppian, of Germanic origin; related to German dialect hopfen and German hopsen.




Main definitions of hop in US English:

: hop1hop2


nounPlural hops

  • 1A twining climbing plant native to north temperate regions, cultivated for the flowers borne by the female plant, which are used in brewing beer.

    Humulus lupulus, family Cannabaceae (or Cannabidaceae)

    • ‘At another, it is the nostalgic looking back to the way things were before they all went wrong, to the old time experiences of hops and hayfields, and walks down the Fulham Palace Road.’
    • ‘One garden bed features a trio of lattice panels hung with hops vine and a well travelled clematis, plus perennials like rudbeckia, delphinium and ligularia that keep the roots of the clematis shaded.’
    • ‘Here, turn left on to SH 60, which passes through orchards of apples, hops and grapes.’
    • ‘The hunt for treasure will include a visit to the old rose garden, the hop garden, the old engine pond, the Japanese garden and the new mathematical maze in the woods.’
    • ‘The Green Party wishes the hop industry very well.’
    • ‘In this Denver garden, the hop vine completely concealed its wire frame in a single summer.’
    • ‘Vines of hops covered the plastic on the second story.’
    • ‘Back in August, as the Evening Press reported, Andy had harvested his own crop of hops growing in the beer garden of the Monkgate pub.’
    • ‘Others include the shoots of both wild and cultivated hops, Humulus lupulus, known as ‘hop tops’.’
    • ‘Franconian farmers switched to other crops, chiefly clover and hops, hence the irresistible rise of the Franconian brewing industry in this period.’
    • ‘In the highlands the Amhara grow barley, wheat, hops, and a variety of beans.’
    • ‘The hop shoot is tender and delicate with a short season until the end of May.’
    • ‘And we've got wine grapes and hops and asparagus and corn.’
    • ‘Common menstrual disturbances among female hops-pickers suggest a potential endocrine effect of the hops plant.’
    • ‘The re-establishment of several other plant species such as sheep bush and native hops occurs after a wet year.’
    • ‘An example of this would be a manufacturer acquiring retail outlets or a hop grower beginning to brew his own beer.’
    • ‘It is registered for use on powdery mildews in pome fruit, stone fruit, citrus fruit, soft fruit, vines, cucurbits, ornamentals, tobacco, hops and some vegetables.’
    • ‘Brewed since 1900, Bohemia is named in honor of the hop growing and beer brewing region of the Czech Republic.’
    1. 1.1hops The dried cones (flowers) of the hop, used in brewing to give a bitter flavor and as a mild sterilant.
      • ‘First class; the hops skip out the glass, snort up the nose and please the palate with a balance and harmony that would have many believing it had been hand-pulled by a proud publican. -’
      • ‘The oils that produce the hop flavor and aroma are very volatile and evaporate quickly, so the boiling hops only contribute bitterness to the beer - the flavor and aroma are added later.’
      • ‘According to Okanagan Springs, the Bavarian Purity Law restricts beer to barley, water, hops and yeast, but in fact, the law permits the use of any type of grain so long as it has been malted.’
      • ‘The beer is brewed with ‘only the finest sun-ripened hops, grains and barley.’’
      • ‘The resulting beer was that now characteristic of Australia: light in colour and body, but tasting strongly of bitter hops.’
      • ‘Known by the scientific name Cannabis sativa, marijuana is an annual herb closely related to the hops used in beer brewing.’
      • ‘Chamomile, lime flower, valerian, hops or passion flower all have relaxant properties and can be given to calm nerves and relax tense muscles.’
      • ‘Under this law only drinks which complied with the German Act could be sold as Bier, and this meant that the term could be used only in relation to those drinks which were made from barley, hops, yeast, and water.’
      • ‘According to German law, beer can only be brewed using barley, malt, hops, yeast and water - no nasty chemicals are allowed.’
      • ‘Aromatic, smoky, malty notes wrap themselves around the delicate flavours of the hops and the brewing yeasts.’
      • ‘In some instances the industry itself has disappeared: there are no more metropolitan tanneries; British beer is flavoured with Czech hops.’
      • ‘To relieve tension headaches or indigestion, include catnip, hops, or chamomile in your sleep formula.’
      • ‘That means eliminating impure tastes in the brewing process so the flavour of the hops can emerge untainted.’
      • ‘Besides water, beer is made with three basic ingredients: barley, hops and yeast.’
      • ‘Earlier this year CBN imported Copper Crest, which is touted as a traditional beer made from sorghum, maize, hops and caramel with yeast.’
      • ‘Yeast ferments the sugars in the malt to alcohol while the hops provide bitter flavour and aroma.’
      • ‘The best one, used in Beck's Alcohol-Free, is to brew as normal, allowing the hops, yeast and malts time to impart flavour, and then to remove the alcohol.’
      • ‘This brew, made in Kentucky, includes not only hops, barley and water - but also hemp seed.’
      • ‘Wheat, hops and barley were readily accessible.’
      • ‘Hops are the flower of the hop vine, which is a member of the hemp family.’

verbhopped, hopping, hops

  • 1with object Flavor with hops.

    ‘a strong dark beer, heavily hopped’
    • ‘Henry VIII banned his brewer from adding hops to the royal brew, but as wine became more expensive the popularity of hopped beer grew.’
  • 2be hopped upinformal Be stimulated or intoxicated by or as if by a psychoactive drug.

    • ‘Naturally, being hopped up like jackrabbits at Easter, these desperate dudes go seeking the sexy savages, hoping to finally know the touch of a woman, primitive or not.’
    • ‘I was a shade concerned as I like my bus drivers to keep both hands on the wheel, especially the ones who are hopped up on caffeine.’
    • ‘He's fantastic as the perpetually peppy Manny Bianco - surely the best character name ever - appearing for all the world to be hopped up on horse steroids and sherbet.’
    • ‘Unfortunately for Barbie, Blaine is always hopped up on coke and is probably more interested in Ken anyway.’
    • ‘When we had two mom numbers, we would call each one and do this, usually very late at night when we were hopped up on cola and cookies.’
    • ‘He's hopped up all right, juiced from this magical, mercurial ride that just gets better with each season.’
    • ‘If you weren't on drugs you would answer your phone, but you're probably hopped up right now, aren't you?’
    • ‘Supporting CTF, deathmatch, and team deathmatch, the entire multiplayer experience is hopped up on cocaine.’
    • ‘He recovered quickly, and I could see that he was hopped up on angel dust, Tang, and Pop Rocks.’
    • ‘‘Well, I seem to recall that the guy often went from being hopped up to being sweet and mellow.’
    • ‘We can hear his engine and tell that his car is hopped up to the max on every run.’
    • ‘A mere decade ago, at the height of his titanic drug addiction, Earle would all too often be hopped up and smacked out in a Nashville crackhouse.’
    • ‘None cared about the threat of AIDS, and all were hopped up on crystal meth - a drug the story's headline described as THE BEAST IN THE BATHHOUSE.’
    • ‘Boots is hopped up like a jackrabbit on crack waiting for his toy fire truck to arrive.’
    • ‘They served as a tonic to entrance the audience in a slow brew that could be hopped up in a down-low way.’
    • ‘But I'd get tossed out for being hopped up on goofballs, I suppose.’
    • ‘Try to pick out the googly-eyed CPAs on the street who will be all hopped up on Red Bull and crystal meth for the next day and a half.’
    • ‘When you're hopped up on sugar, no chocolate chicken is safe.’
    • ‘It was an eerie moment, and not because I was hopped up on Mr Muscle glass cleaner.’
    • ‘I suspected there was something going on between John and Janice, but as soon as I saw the number of empty soda cans in their trash, I realized these guys may have been doing it, but they were hopped up on caffeine and hardworking.’


Late Middle English hoppe (in the sense ‘ripened hop cones for flavoring malt liquor’), from Middle Low German or Middle Dutch.