[1917+; fr the image of a trained animal jumping through hoops in a show, circus, etc]
We have to jump through hoops to do things that should be simple—filing taxes, being respected as a family.
I'm going to teach it to lie down and roll over and jump through hoops.
Harvey D. and Ella and even grandfather—they all jump through hoops for him, the cowards!
The servants didn't look up to her pa and me very much, but they'd jump through hoops all the time for her.
Using their disclosure as a prod I could have made him jump through hoops.
I don't care so much for the circus, though I should like to see the man stand up on a horse and jump through hoops.
For this reason I have not only taught him to dance, but also to jump through hoops and through frames covered with paper.