Jump through hoops

Posted by ESC on May 14, 2003

In Reply to: Jump through hoops posted by Penny Rea on May 14, 2003

: Could some one tell me what the origin of the phrase "jumping through hoops" is?
: Thanks,
: Penny

I looked in several references and couldn't find this common phrase. I am guessing that it refers to a circus act where lions and tigers
are made to jump through hoops.