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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.
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go through hoops

To face or have to complete many challenges in pursuit of something that one wants, especially challenges that seem arbitrary or excessive. 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. They really make you go through hoops to complete the purchase. I'm surprised it's not more streamlined.
See also: go, hoop, through

shoot (some) hoops

To play basketball, especially casually by simply shooting and not engaging in a game. I always meet up with a group of friends to shoot hoops every Wednesday evening. You want to hang out and shoot some hoops for a while?
See also: hoop, shoot

jump through hoops

To face or have to complete many challenges in pursuit of something that one wants, especially challenges that seem arbitrary or excessive. 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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put (one) through the hoops

To force one to face, endure, or complete a challenge or series of challenges in pursuit of something. The boss really put me through the hoops to earn this corner office, believe me. I was doing everything from leading presentations to getting him coffee for months. The city puts all potential developers through the hoops before they're allowed to build.
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hoops

slang Basketball. Come on, man, it's a beautiful day—let's go down to the court and shoot some hoops.
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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.
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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

or

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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put someone (or go) through the hoops

make someone undergo (or be made to undergo) a difficult and gruelling test or series of tests.
1994 Legion The crew was as fast and efficient as any they had put through the hoops.
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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.).
See also: hoop, jump, through

shoot ˈhoops

(American English, informal) play basketball: Hey Joe! Do you want to shoot some hoops?
See also: hoop, shoot

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.
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