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verb (used without object), hopped, hop·ping.
  1. to make a short, bouncing leap; move by leaping with all feet off the ground.
  2. to spring or leap on one foot.
  3. Informal. to make a short, quick trip, especially in an airplane: He hopped up to Boston for the day.
  4. Informal. to travel or move frequently from one place or situation to another (usually used in combination): to island-hop; to job-hop.
  5. Informal. to dance.
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verb (used with object), hopped, hop·ping.
  1. to jump over; clear with a hop: The sheep hopped the fence.
  2. Informal. to board or get onto a vehicle: to hop a plane.
  3. Informal. to cross in an airplane: We hopped the Atlantic in five hours.
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  1. an act of hopping; short leap.
  2. a leap on one foot.
  3. a journey, especially a short trip by air.
  4. Informal. a dance or dancing party.
  5. a bounce or rebound of a moving object, as a ball: She caught the ball on the first hop.
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  1. hop to it, Informal. to begin to move, become active, or do something immediately: You'd better hop to it if you intend to buy groceries before the market closes.Also hop to.
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Origin of hop1

before 1000; Middle English hoppen (v.), Old English hoppian; cognate with German hopfen, Old Norse hoppa
Related formshop·ping·ly, adverb
Can be confusedhop jump skip (see synonym study at jump) (see synonym study at skip1)


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British Dictionary definitions for hop to it


verb hops, hopping or hopped
  1. (intr) to make a jump forwards or upwards, esp on one foot
  2. (intr) (esp of frogs, birds, rabbits, etc) to move forwards in short jumps
  3. (tr) to jump overhe hopped the hedge
  4. (intr) informal to move or proceed quickly (in, on, out of, etc)hop on a bus
  5. (tr) informal to cross (an ocean) in an aircraftthey hopped the Atlantic in seven hours
  6. (tr) US and Canadian informal to travel by means of (an aircraft, bus, etc)he hopped a train to Chicago
  7. US and Canadian to bounce or cause to bouncehe hopped the flat stone over the lake's surface
  8. (intr) US and Canadian informal to begin intense activity, esp work
  9. (intr) another word for limp 1
  10. hop it or hop off British slang to go away
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  1. the act or an instance of hopping
  2. old-fashioned, informal a dance, esp one at which popular music is playedwe're all going to the school hop tonight
  3. informal a trip, esp in an aircraft
  4. US a bounce, as of a ball
  5. on the hop informal
    1. active or busy
    2. Britishunawares or unpreparedthe new ruling caught me on the hop
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Word Origin

Old English hoppian; related to Old Norse hoppa to hop, Middle Low German hupfen


  1. any climbing plant of the N temperate genus Humulus, esp H. lupulus, which has green conelike female flowers and clusters of small male flowers: family Cannabiaceae (or Cannabidaceae)See also hops
  2. hop garden a field of hops
  3. obsolete, slang opium or any other narcotic drug
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Word Origin

C15: from Middle Dutch hoppe; related to Old High German hopfo, Norwegian hupp tassel
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Word Origin and History for hop to it



Old English hoppian "to spring, leap, dance," from Proto-Germanic *hupnojanan (cf. Old Norse hoppa, Dutch huppen, German hüpfen "to hop"). Related: Hopped; hopping.

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usually hops, type of twining vine whose cones are used in brewing, etc., mid-15c., from Middle Dutch hoppe, from Proto-Germanic *hup-nan- (cf. Old Saxon -hoppo, German Hopfen), of unknown origin.

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"opium," 1887, from Cantonese nga-pin (pronounced HAH-peen) "opium," a Chinese folk etymology of the English word opium, literally "crow peelings." Re-folk-etymologized back into English by association with hop (n.1).

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"a small jump," c.1500, from hop (v.). Slang sense of "informal dancing party" is from 1731 (defined by Johnson as "a place where meaner people dance"). Meaning "short flight on an aircraft" is from 1909.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with hop to it

hop to it

Begin to do something quickly and energetically, as in We've got to hop to it and get our shopping done. [Colloquial; first half of 1900s]

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In addition to the idioms beginning with hope

  • hope against hope
  • hope springs eternal
  • hop to it
  • hop up

also see:

  • mad as a hornet (hops)
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