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1‘he hopped along beside her’
jump, bound, spring, bounce, skip, jig, trip, flit, leap, prance, caper, dance, frolic, gambol
2‘she hopped over the Atlantic for a bit for shopping’
go, dash, rush
1‘put the rabbit on the floor to have a hop around’
jump, bound, bounce, prance, leap, spring, skip, gambol
2‘it's just a short hop here by taxi’
journey, distance, ride, drive, run, trip, jaunt
flight, plane trip
3‘what about coming to the hop on Saturday’
dance, social, party, jamboree, gathering, function, disco
bash, bop, shindig, shindy, do
British rave-up, knees-up, beanfeast, beano, bunfight
1‘he was caught on the hop’
unprepared, unready, off guard, unawares, by surprise, with one's defences down
napping, asleep at the wheel
with one's trousers down
with one's pants down
2‘we were always kept on the hop’
busy, occupied, employed, working, at work, rushed off one's feet, hard-pressed, on the job
busy as a bee, on the go
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