Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

jump through hoops

jump through hoops
1) do a lot of difficult or annoying things in order to please someone or achieve something
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • jump through hoops to get a promotion
  • Analysis

    The idiom to jump through hoops means to complete awkward, difficult or annoying things in order to achieve a goal. The expression to jump through hoops usually refers to needlessly complicated tasks or procedures that impede progress or make a task more difficult than it needs to be.

  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. The bank made me jump through so many hoops before they would give me a loan. The whole process seemed to drag on forever!
    2. Lucy is always making Tom jump through hoops for her because she knows that she has him wrapped around her little finger.
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. It wasn't easy, in fact I had to jump through hoops to get this promotion. The boss made me come into work every weekend for a month!
    2. We have jumped through hoops to get this work in on time. I hope it's appreciated.
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