hop, skip, and a jump

or hop, skip, and jump


noun

a short distance: The laundry is just a hop, skip, and a jump away.

Nearby words

  1. hop hornbeam,
  2. hop into,
  3. hop to it,
  4. hop trefoil,
  5. hop up,
  6. hop, step, and jump,
  7. hop-o'-my-thumb,
  8. hop-picker,
  9. hopak,
  10. hopatcong

Origin of hop, skip, and a jump

First recorded in 1750–60

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Idioms and Phrases with hop, skip, and a jump

hop, skip, and a jump

A short distance, as in It's just a hop, skip, and a jump from my house to yours. This expression, dating from the early 1700s, originally referred to an exercise or game involving these movements, but by the mid-1800s was also being used figuratively for the short distance so covered.

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