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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.
See also: hoop, put

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

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?
See also: hoop, jump

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

to do a lot of extra things so you can have or do something you want The company is jumping through hoops these days to try to please advertisers.
See also: hoop, jump

shoot hoops

to play the game of basketball Sometimes we stopped off at the gym after school and shot some hoops.
Etymology: based on the basketball meaning of hoop (a high metal ring through which a ball is thrown to score points)
See also: hoop, shoot

go/jump through hoops

to do a lot of difficult things before you are allowed to have or do something you want They really make you jump through hoops before they allow you to adopt a baby.
See also: hoop

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]
See also: hoop, jump


n. the game of basketball. Welcome to another evening of college hoops, brought to you by the Nova Motor Company.
See also: hoop

jump through hoops

To make extraordinary efforts, especially in following a prescribed procedure.
See also: hoop, jump
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A couple years ago, I started saying if I do nothing else in hooping ever again, it was totally worth it.
8226; Around 1300, hooping came to Great Britain, homemade versions of the toy became very popular.
In fact, she's about to combine two of her interests - skating and hooping - when she competes in the British Adult Skating Championships in Sheffield between February 14 and 16.
A man and his son, who were playing football in the park and had been whooping at my hooping, cheer.
HULA hooping burns approximately 400-600 calories an hour.
In her classes, whether group or private, Stack starts by showing people a couple of basic hooping stances, without even touching a hoop.
Student Paula Dalgleish, 18, is another keen class member and has been hooping for about two months.
Give it a whirl, and see for yourself how hooping can transform play into pure fitness
The popularity of hoola hooping has spread from the west coast to the rest of the country, with hooping for fitness classes popping up in gyms nationwide.
It just feels good, and it's almost meditative,'' says Sammi Triolo, a student of McInturf's from Hermosa Beach who has been hooping for more than a year.
Hoopnotic hoopdance, which has its roots in "Hula Hooping," is part dance, part exercise and part play.
Hula hooping serves as a great multigenerational activity, she said.
If hooping is not for you, there are a whole host of other innovative ways of getting fit at Center Parcs which are great fun with family and friends; from raft building to cheer-leading.
HULA HOOPING Teesside youngsters have taken an exercise class with a difference.