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be put through the hoop

To be subjected to some ordeal, difficulty, trial, or punishment; to undergo an unpleasant experience. Between my mother's bout with cancer, Jenny losing her job, and the bank threatening to foreclose on the house, our family has really been put through the hoop this year. Jake wasn't a great fit for the military, and he was constantly being put through the hoop for disobedience.
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put (someone) through the hoop

To subject someone to some ordeal, difficulty, trial, or punishment; to force someone to undergo an unpleasant experience. My mother's recent bout with cancer has really put us through the hoop this year. I don't think Jake is a great fit for the military. His superiors are constantly putting him through the hoop for his disobedience.
See also: hoop, put, through

go through hoops

To face or have to complete many challenges in pursuit of something that one wants. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. The boss made me go through a lot of hoops to earn this corner office, believe me. I was doing everything from leading presentations to getting him coffee for months.
See also: hoop, through

shoot (some) hoops

To play basketball, especially casually or recreationally. I always meet up with a group of friends to shoot hoops every Wednesday evening. Hey, John! Fancy shooting some hoops?
See also: hoop, shoot

jump through a hoop

 and jump through hoops
Fig. to do everything possible to obey or please someone; to bend over backwards (to do something). (Trained circus animals jump through hoops.) She expects us to jump through hoops for her. What do you want me to dojump through a hoop?
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two (w)hoops and a holler

Rur. a short distance. Lexington? That's just two whoops and a holler from here. We're just two hoops and a holler from the downtown.
See also: and, holler, hoop, two

jump through hoops

Do just about anything to please someone. For example, The boss expects the entire staff to jump through hoops for him, or This violinist will jump through hoops for the conductor. This metaphoric expression alludes to trained circus animals jumping through hoops. [Early 1900s]
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jump through hoops

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go through hoops

If you have to jump through hoops or go through hoops to get or achieve something that you want, you have to do a lot of difficult things first. Eventually, if they jump through enough hoops, they can get work visas. He had to go through hoops to stop our games from being scheduled on a Sunday. Note: Circus animals are sometimes trained to jump through hoops which are hung or held above the ground and sometimes set on fire.
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hoops

n. the game of basketball. Welcome to another evening of college hoops, brought to you by the Nova Motor Company.
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jump through hoops

To make extraordinary efforts, especially in following a prescribed procedure.
See also: hoop, jump, through
References in classic literature ?
Although thy head were hooped with gold," thou canst not rid thyself of care.
And now, in the managing my household affairs, I found myself wanting in many things, which I thought at first it was impossible for me to make; as, indeed, with some of them it was: for instance, I could never make a cask to be hooped.
Many a private chair, too, inclosing some fine lady, monstrously hooped and furbelowed, and preceded by running-footmen bearing flambeaux--for which extinguishers are yet suspended before the doors of a few houses of the better sort--made the way gay and light as it danced along, and darker and more dismal when it had passed.
The Oscar winning actress says she hooped to get fit for revealing scenes in the film The Wrestler with Mickey Rourke.
She has been interviewed by ESPN for the X Games where she snowboarded and hooped simultaneously.