Posted by ESC on July 12, 2005
In Reply to: Jump Thru Hoops posted by R. Berg on July 12, 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.