Idiom:  Jump through hoops

A ringmaster (circus leader) gestures as a man to jumps through a large hoop. Caption Example: I had to jump through hoops to get a visa to visit the United States.

Meaning

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.

—  My husband jumped through hoops to get my son into private school and he got expelled the second day!

—  Working in the private sector is amazing—I used to have to go through hoops just to get a new pen and notebook.


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