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jump through hoops

To face or have to complete many challenges in pursuit of something that one wants. The boss made me jump 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. You shouldn't have to jump through hoops just to get a car loan. At Johnson Motors, we make it easy for you.
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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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jump through hoops

be obliged to go through an elaborate or complicated procedure in order to achieve an objective.
2002 Guardian For the Going Underground single in 1980 , the producer made Weller jump through hoops to deliver a convincing vocal performance.
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jump through ˈhoops

do something difficult or complicated in order to achieve something: How did you manage to get permission for this? Did you have to jump through hoops?
This refers to the circus, where animals are made to jump through a hoop (= a large ring of plastic, iron, etc.).
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jump through hoops

To make extraordinary efforts, especially in following a prescribed procedure.
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At the same time, while an effort to serve food that agrees with a child is helpful, it is not necessary for a parent to jump through hoops before each meal just to satisfy a picky eater.
After AK failed to break Local 169's solidarity by locking its gates for 39 months, the company tried to break their spirits instead by forcing them to work for lower wages and by making them jump through hoops to get their jobs back," said USWA President Leo Gerard.
What's happening again is that the people are having to jump through hoops for something they want because people in the bureaucracy feel they know better than the people,'' Boland said.
Our customers no longer have to jump through hoops in order to purchase products.
Another key SolidWorks benefit is students can easily fix mistakes, while other CAD packages practically force them to jump through hoops, which can be very discouraging for someone new to the technology.
Parents and children shouldn't have to jump through hoops or be forced to navigate through dangerous content and confusing technology to find valuable programming," said Halvorson.