Definition of jump through hoops in US English:

jump through hoops

phrase

  • Go through an elaborate or complicated procedure in order to achieve an objective.

    ‘we had to jump through all sorts of hoops to win accreditation’
    • ‘If I have to phone a call centre it's because I actually need some help with something, and don't appreciate being made to jump through hoops for several minutes before getting hold of a real, live human being who can assist me.’
    • ‘Unfortunately it is usually women, mainly single parents, who need genuine help and they are expected to jump through hoops to get any help.’
    • ‘I am about to become an old age pensioner, and am having to jump through hoops in order to get my pension paid into an account at my local post office.’
    • ‘He said if extra money was available for council housing, the council shouldn't be made to jump through hoops by the government to get it.’
    • ‘He has only a passing interest in adoption these days - and only then because friends of his are jumping through all the necessary legal and administrative hoops to become adoptive parents.’
    • ‘But even after forty years at the chalkface, Tom kept his beliefs intact; education was not about jumping through hoops, it was about enabling youngsters to think for themselves, to learn, to have curiosity and drive.’
    • ‘Consequently, politicians, education agencies and administrators are jumping through hoops to establish ‘educational reforms.’’
    • ‘Unlike Big Brother, it doesn't ask ordinary people to jump through hoops to make them appear more interesting.’
    • ‘It took 2 years of jumping through hoops, getting approval, and doing the right things - and it was $500,000 later - before anything could happen.’
    • ‘His family, Mike, our people at the university - we've all been jumping through hoops for months.’