- 1A circular band of metal, wood, or similar material, especially one used for binding the staves of barrels or forming part of a framework.More example sentences
- All edges will meet properly and the barrel will hold liquid without any agent other than the hoops which hold the staves together.
- In the eighteenth century, wooden barrels were assembled out of individual staves and hoops, with no two barrels being identical.
- She said: ‘The wind was so strong that it blew some of the aluminium hoops out of the framework and bent them double.’
- 1.1 (also hoop earring) An earring in the form of a circular band of metal or other material: a pair of plain gold hoopsMore example sentences
- He had large hoop earrings in each ear and wore dark clothing.
- Tiffany wore huge silver hoops in her ears and had plum lipstick smeared over her lips.
- Most of the men just had a hoop in one ear.
- 1.2(In the past) a toy in the form of a large circular band of wood, rolled along the ground with a stick.More example sentences
- We used to have freedom and play in the fields with traditional toys such as hoops, a top and whip and marbles.
- He laughed, ‘I would do many things for her, but playing with dolls and hoops is not one of them.’
- Above the fountain, one can see an eroded relief of a seated girl and a boy standing with a hoop and rod.
- 1.3 short for hula hoop. spin the hoop around your waist or around your hipsMore example sentences
- Ten young performers with hoops draped around their small frames formed a circle and danced around the award-winning Grey Buffalo Singers.
- But can gyrating a day-glo hoop around the middle really give you a waspish waist?
- Spin the hoop around and vigorously shake your hips.
- 1.4A large ring for circus performers to jump through.More example sentences
- She jumped through the hoop, rolled over and did a back flip.
- It's amazing how the tiger can jump through flaming hoops, how the bear can ride a motorcycle and how the lion can walk on a tightrope.
- Sometimes the cats execute jumps, skips, and turns, or leap through flaming hoops, eliciting ooohs and aaahs from the packed circle of onlookers.
- 1.5 • historical A circle of flexible material used for expanding a woman’s petticoat or skirt: a woman in hoops and crinolineMore example sentences
- Women's underclothes are so much simpler than they used to be - no lacings, no tiny buttons and hooks, no hoops and petticoats.
- This will add lots of volume to your skirt, without using boned hoops.
- Such gowns, by the late 1850s, had hoops, wire contraptions which replaced the multitude of petticoats and which caused women's dresses to billow out even further.
- 1.6chiefly British A metal arch through which balls are hit in croquet.More example sentences
- Croquet mallets and hoops wait on the lawn for those who want some pre-lunch exercise, while immaculately attired staff help you choose from the extensive menu of both Malaysian and Western cuisine.
- As the little ball rolled through the hoop in front of it, Isabel giggled with Christine in delight.
- Hoops will generally come in sets of 6, being the number on a standard croquet lawn.
- 1.7The round metal rim from which a basketball net is suspended: by the official rules of the game, a basketball hoop must be 18 inches in diameter and 10 feet off the groundMore example sentences
- How high is it from the floor to the bottom of the backboard on a regulation basketball hoop?
- The other good bit of news is that the family that is buying our house does want to keep the basketball hoop in the back yard.
- But when I got there and saw the basketball hoops, it reminded me of the times when my friends Darlene, Lana and I used to play together.
- 1.8 (hoops) US • informal The game of basketball: Henry’s father played hoops for KansasMore example sentences
- Ever tried to play hoops with an underinflated ball?
- George set up his camera to shoot himself playing hoops outside his school.
- It's a bit silly to toss off phrases like ‘historic occasion’ when you're opening up a few square yards of painted concrete for a game of hoops.
- 2A horizontal band of a contrasting colour on a sports shirt or jockey’s cap.More example sentences
- ‘We are looking for three men, one of whom was wearing a shirt with dark hoops,’ he said.
- One sports firm agreed that some numbering could be illegible on certain backgrounds of hoops, bands and colours.
- Why Celtic chose green-and-white hoops as opposed to stripes nobody seems sure.
- 2.1Australian • informal A jockey.More example sentences
- The retiring hoop gave his charge the command at the 400 metre mark and she responded with a sound win by a length.
- The 34-year-old is supported by his wife and year-old son as well as fellow Queensland hoops.
- He didn't envy the Derby-winning hoop at Randwick or the rider who rode for a million dollars or who lived in the big house overlooking the ocean.
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- Bind or encircle with or as with hoops: a man was hooping a barrelMore example sentences
- The children also took part in Victorian pastimes such as Throw the Horseshoe, a coconut shy, a tin can alley, marbles and hoop the duck.
- For proper placement, hoop and stitch the design before cutting the rectangle.
- I did all kinds of jobs for myself, from mending a pair of boots to hooping a barrel.
jump through hoops
- Perform a difficult and gruelling series of tests at someone else’s request or command: the banks make you beg for a loan and they make you jump through hoops to get itMore example sentences
- The development of these drugs consists solely of going through the hoops of getting bureaucratic approval to use them!
- If he had sold the house then they would probably not have to go through the hoops of getting a search warrant.
- Some orphans wreck their life with heavy use of illicit drugs after going through the hoops of searching for a job in vain.
- US • informal Play basketball: he’d rather play golf or shoot hoops than workMore example sentences
- Young basketball players can shoot hoops to their hearts' content at this year's Yorkshire International Basketball Camp.
- He took the basketball from the garage and began to shoot hoops.
- Being home was better than being at school; at home I could mess around in my front yard and shoot hoops.
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- She wore a dark purple crinoline hooped dress, such a strange colour for one so young.
- And personally, I think her hooped earrings could be bigger.
- He was attacked because he wore a green and white hooped top with a shamrock.
late Old English hōp, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch hoep.