jump through hoops


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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.
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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

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.