put someone through the hoops

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.
See also: hoop, put, through
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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.
See also: hoop, put, someone, through
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