Posted by R. Berg on July 12, 2005
In Reply to: Jump Thru Hoops posted by Jerry on July 11, 2005
: Just wondering if anyone had a line on "Jump Thru Hoops" or "Jumping Thru Hoops"
"A Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English," by Eric Partridge, has "go through the hoop," defined as "to pass the Insolvent Debtors' court," 19th-century colloquialism; from circus tricks. "Put through the hoop," derived from the preceding, is defined as "to give a bad time, to punish" and "to reprimand; question closely," colloquialisms, 20th century for both senses.