jump through hoops

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Reminiscent of a circus animal performing tricks by jumping through hoops.

Verb[edit]

jump through hoops (third-person singular simple present jumps through hoops, present participle jumping through hoops, simple past and past participle jumped through hoops)

  1. (idiomatic) To put forth effort for the sake of appearance or demonstration.
    They really made the salesman jump through hoops before buying anything.