One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.’
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