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verb (hops, hopping, hopped)

1 [no object, with adverbial of direction] (Of a person) move by jumping on one foot: he hopped along beside her
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  • ‘You're hopping, you're jumping, you're running, you're planting your feet,’ he says.
  • I arranged to meet him in a pub in Naas and I was expecting someone older and I was hopping on one foot waiting to meet him when he came over to me.
  • I started hopping from one foot to the other, it couldn't get any worse. could it?
jump, bound, spring, bounce, skip, jig, trip, flit, leap, prance, caper, dance, frolic, gambol
1.1(Of a bird or other animal) move by jumping with two or all feet at once: a blackbird was hopping around in the sun
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  • Actions are jerky and the bird hops rather than climbs even when beneath a branch.
  • Similarly, if you observe birds hopping around on the ground, you are not going to think ‘warblers.’
  • Many birds of prey were hopping around on the ground, eating grubs and worms, unable to fly because of the lack of thermals.
1.2Spring or leap a short distance with one jump: he hopped down from the rock
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  • With a stiff spring, the particle hops over short distances and tends to be localized, whereas the particle can make long jumps, sliding over many valleys, when the spring is soft.
  • The Leinster champions had another slice of good fortune when a poor point attempt by Sheridan fell short but hopped over the bar for a point.
  • He hopped down from the short stage and Jerry followed him to the outer wall.
1.3 [with object] North American informal Jump on to (a moving vehicle): ex-soldiers looking for work hopped freights heading west
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  • My head is swimming with dreams and schemes and the overwhelming desire to hop a bus or a train or a plane and make this dream happen.
  • The perfect setting for a little ego death on the Nile before hopping the sleeper train back to Cairo.
  • With the release of the first bit of material since he hopped the solo train, I'm sorry to say that not too much has changed.
1.4 [with object] Jump over (something): the cow hopped the fence
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  • I jumped a fence, ran down backyards and alleys, hopped another fence, and the dog was waiting.
  • He hopped the small white fence and jogged over to us, fishing a pair of keys out of his khaki pants.
  • And William jumps off that little fellow and hops the fence and he and I run like crazy and hide in the house with all the animals that live in the dark.
2 informal Pass quickly from one place to another: she hopped over the Atlantic for a bit of shopping [as noun, in combination]: island-hopping
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  • Suddenly concerned he opened the door quickly and rushed inside, startling Blair who was hopping from the desk to the couch.
  • You can't simply have people hopping around at will to avoid the authorities.
  • The industry really seems to consist of the same 50 people hopping around some ten places all the time.
go, dash, rush
informal pop, whip
British informal nip
2.1 (hop it) British informal Go away quickly: I hopped it down the stairs
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  • There's the brooding and mysterious Velimir Zajec, catalyst for Harry hopping it, and there's the long-lost hero - what has Joe Jordan been doing for the last few years?
  • Gary Ruane came across and I hopped it back inside.
  • So I hopped it to next-door St Lucia and probably my favourite restaurant in the world, Bang.
2.2Make a quick change of position or activity: over the years he hopped from one department to another
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  • So a quick decision later we hopped over to the supermarket feeling lucky they would have some left.
  • They hopped back to their positions on either side of the bridge.
  • He gave me a quick kiss before hopping onto the podium.


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1A hopping movement: place the rabbit on the floor to have a hop around
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  • The dancers rely on powerful, rather slow, twirling movements with hops.
  • I came out of work tonight with a kind of a hop and a skip.
  • I added a minor hop and skip to my customary semi-shuffle and waved my stick about a bit.
jump, bound, bounce, prance, leap, spring, skip, gambol
1.1A short journey or distance: a short hop by cab from Soho
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  • Many iSCSI applications are latency sensitive, so building the network with the fewest number of hops and the shortest possible links is usually a key consideration.
  • Getting to Okanagan involves a four - to six-hour drive or a short plane hop from Vancouver or Seattle.
  • The number of hops on the shortest path between people is sometimes called the graph distance or degree of separation between those people.
journey, distance, ride, drive, run, trip, jaunt;
flight, plane trip
informal spin
2An informal dance: the society’s regular fortnightly hop
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  • This surge in popularity in all forms of dance is equally mirrored in the lindy hop, with many events occurring around the country.
  • The band then romp through three road songs that most people would die for to have in their repertoire, each single one would get people leaping about on the dance floor at a college hop.
  • For Ryan, however, the more important component of lindy hop is its roots in black history.
dance, social, party, jamboree, gathering, function, disco
informal bash, bop, shindig, shindy, do
British informal rave-up, knees-up, beanfeast, beano, bunfight


hop, skip (or step) , and jump
1 old-fashioned term for triple jump.
Example sentences
  • Such as synchronised diving, a sport so strictly, brazenly state of the art that it makes the hop, skip and jump look useful.
  • To make matters worse, the man tipped to replace him as the planet's leading exponent of the hop, skip and jump will not be in action today on account of his nationality.
  • He has been a constant gold winner in the shot, long jump, hop step and jump, and discus.
2 informal A short distance: it’s just a hop, skip, and jump from my home town
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  • Mentioning the Writers' Collective events remind me that it will just be a hop, skip and jump until festival time.
  • From there she compiled a book of horoscopes for women, and it was only a hop, skip and jump to convince her publishers to let her write nincompoopish novels aimed at women.
  • Iqaluit may be a hop, skip and a jump away from a healthier lifestyle after city council agreed to support the newly created Iqaluit Fitness Society in its search for funding.
hop the twig (or stick)
British informal Depart suddenly or die: he takes poison and hops the twig just as True Love bursts in
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  • It was the best Frankie Howerd impersonation I've seen since the man himself hopped the twig.
  • I see Ronald Reagan has hopped the twig, aged 93.
  • I'm a donor, and my wishes won't be overruled if I hop the twig.
on the hop
British informal
1Unprepared: he was caught on the hop
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  • I have to admit I was caught on the hop, completely unaware that the draw had even taken place.
  • He added: ‘We were caught on the hop by the number of people that wanted to come and express their solidarity.’
  • But we just relaxed slightly and were caught on the hop which was a great shame.
unprepared, unready, off guard, unawares, by surprise, with one's defences down
informal napping, asleep at the wheel
British informal with one's trousers down
North American informal with one's pants down
2Bustling about; busy: we were always kept on the hop
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  • She gave us a brilliant, capricious Serse, always a King, always keeping his subjects on the hop.
  • As always, music is keeping Tommy Cowan on the hop.
  • It was my periodontist, racing the clock and on the hop, who gave me two weeks to choose between two very depressing solutions to the root problem which has me miserably swallowing antibiotics.
busy, occupied, employed, working, at work, rushed off one's feet, hard-pressed, on the job
informal busy as a bee, on the go

Phrasal verbs

hop in (or out)
informal Get into (or out of) a vehicle: hop in then and we’ll be off
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  • You can charge around on foot with rifles, or hop in any number of vehicles to indulge in some mechanised ultra-violence.
  • The prince nodded, hopping out of the vehicle and sauntering around to the back.
  • ‘It sounded like a backfire - and then somebody hooted and shouted to me to hop out of the vehicle as it was on fire,’ she said.
hop into
Australian /NZ informal
1Begin (a meal, activity, etc.) with enthusiasm: he hopped into the tucker
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  • When Francis and I were talking at first about writing this book, I suggested that title, and we hopped into the book.
  • The Australian rugby players have hopped into the action.
  • You'll usually be given a choice between intimidating the target or hopping into a fight.
2Quickly change into (a garment or set of clothes): hang on till I hop into my jeans!
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  • Hopping into their spunky mix-n-match bikinis, they love carving up the waves.
  • Four players hop into the shoes of the hunters, a group of presumably well-paid mercenaries who parachute into troubled areas and take care of big beasties that show up and cause trouble.
  • She hopped into some clothes—dark jeans and a cute floral linen halter, threw on her flip flops and hopped out of the room.
3Attack or criticize: he was hopping into the coalition of obstructionists
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  • Women at retail, kids working in shops—they're the people that he's going to hop into.
  • Players and spectators hopped into each other until the match was abandoned.
  • They want to hop into some poor little character on six to eight bucks an hour.


Old English hoppian, of Germanic origin; related to German dialect hopfen and German hopsen.

Words that rhyme with hop

atop, bop, chop, clop, cop, crop, dop, drop, Dunlop, estop, flop, fop, glop, intercrop, knop, kop, lop, mop, op, plop, pop, prop, screw-top, shop, slop, sop, stop, strop, swap, tiptop, top, underprop, whop
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1A twining climbing plant native to north temperate regions, cultivated for the flowers borne by the female plant, which are used in brewing beer.
  • Humulus lupulus, family Cannabaceae (or Cannabidaceae)
Example sentences
  • Brewed since 1900, Bohemia is named in honor of the hop growing and beer brewing region of the Czech Republic.
  • An example of this would be a manufacturer acquiring retail outlets or a hop grower beginning to brew his own beer.
  • It is registered for use on powdery mildews in pome fruit, stone fruit, citrus fruit, soft fruit, vines, cucurbits, ornamentals, tobacco, hops and some vegetables.
1.1 (hops) The dried cone-like flowers of the hop, used in brewing to give a bitter flavour and as a mild sterilant.
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  • Yeast ferments the sugars in the malt to alcohol while the hops provide bitter flavour and aroma.
  • Aromatic, smoky, malty notes wrap themselves around the delicate flavours of the hops and the brewing yeasts.
  • That means eliminating impure tastes in the brewing process so the flavour of the hops can emerge untainted.
1.2 (hops) Australian /NZ informal Beer.
Example sentences
  • Sonya's husband was running to meet us before I was within sniffing distance of the hops.
1.3 [mass noun] US informal, dated A narcotic drug, especially opium.

verb (hops, hopping, hopped)

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1 [with object] Flavour with hops: a strong dark beer, heavily hopped
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  • Henry VIII banned his brewer from adding hops to the royal brew, but as wine became more expensive the popularity of hopped beer grew.
2 (be hopped up) informal Be stimulated or intoxicated by or as if by a narcotic drug: most muggers were hopped up on coke or angel dust he was very much hopped up about the concerto
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  • None cared about the threat of AIDS, and all were hopped up on crystal meth - a drug the story's headline described as THE BEAST IN THE BATHHOUSE.
  • A mere decade ago, at the height of his titanic drug addiction, Earle would all too often be hopped up and smacked out in a Nashville crackhouse.
  • Supporting CTF, deathmatch, and team deathmatch, the entire multiplayer experience is hopped up on cocaine.


adjective (hoppier, hoppiest)
Example sentences
  • Another curious ad on a bus shelter: Summit Beer has a new brand called ‘Grand’ - it's a cheerful beer for the Bud crowd, the people who find hoppy beers too bitter, too harsh, too unbeery.
  • Less strong than Shephard Neame's flagship Bishop's Finger at 4.7 per cent, Spitfire is a full-bodied, rounded, clean beer with a hoppy flavour which is served at its best just below room temperature.
  • In pre-filled flagons, they had Parrot & Jigger's two Katipo Pale Ales - go for their stronger Pale Ale as it's still easy to drink and more hoppy, herbaceous and spicy in the flavour.


Late Middle English hoppe (in the sense 'ripened hop cones for flavouring malt liquor'), from Middle Low German or Middle Dutch.

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