jump through hoops | go through hoops
Meaning: You can say you had to "jump through hoops" or "go through hoops" if you had to complete a lot of tasks before being permitted to do something.
- The insurance company made me jump through hoops before they'd give me a health insurance policy. I had to do medical tests, questionnaires, interviews - you name it!
- The defence department makes you go through hoops before they give you clearance to work in one of their special sections.
Origin: Probably related to the fact that trained circus animals jump through hoops to please their trainers.
You'll have to jump through hoops before you'll be allowed to
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Contributor: Matt Errey