Jump Through Hoops Idiom

A cartoon ringmaster is directing a stressed out boy to jump through a hoop.

Jump through hoops (idiom)

Look at the picture and try to guess the meaning of the idiom 'jump through hoops.'   

Jump through hoops:  to do a series of difficult or unpleasant things in order to get something you want or something you need to do.


Notes:     

As you can see in the picture above, one of the men is directing the other man to jump through a hoop—just like they train animals to jump through hoops at the circus.

That is the metaphor of this idiom—a person having to jump through hoops like a circus animal.


Examples:

  • I had to jump through hoops  to get to my flight. First, I took the bus, then the subway, then another bus to the airport, then a shuttle bus to the terminal and a tram to the gate!    
  • We went through hoops  to get a new hotel after our travel agent had booked us into a noisy hotel that was undergoing renovations.
  • I went through hoops  getting to this appointment through the snow and ice and you're telling me that the doctor didn't come in today? Why didn't you call me earlier! 
  • I jumped through hoops  to get you a job so you're going to do it whether you like it or not!
  • Your father had to jump through hoops  to get you tickets to the concert so I hope you really show him how much you appreciate the effort he made for you.
  • Susan is the worst boss I ever had—I was constantly jumping through hoops  for her.
  • If you want to be an actor be prepared to jump through a lot of hoops  to get work.
  • I heard she got tired of jumping through hoops  and moved back home a week ago.
  • We had to go through a lot of hoops  to bring our dog with us over to Europe but we couldn't imagine living a year abroad without her.
  • Our school is trying to get accreditation with the Department of Education and it seems like all we are doing is jumping through hoops.
  • Your wife has you constantly jumping through hoops!  That would make me go crazy.
  • I'll jump through as many hoops  as I have to in order to get a job with Apple.


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