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Language: Old English
Origin: hop

hoop

noun
     
Related topics: Daily Life, Toys
hoop [countable]
1 a large ring made of wood, metal, plastic etc
2DHT a large ring that children used to play with in the past, or that circus animals are made to jump through
3
a) the ring that you have to throw the ball through to score points in basketball
b)

hoops

[plural] American English informal the game of basketball
4

jump/go through hoops

if someone makes you jump through hoops, they make you do lots of difficult or boring things before you are allowed to do what you want to do
5 also hoop earringsD an earring that is shaped like a ring

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