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Jump through hoops


Lengthy application process. Forced to complete many chores to reach the end. ‘Hoops’ refers to a series of conditions or obstacles necessary to reach the end of a project. Typically, used to refer to unnecessary efforts needed to achieve completion, such as get a driver’s license or apply for a contract. (Compare to Red tape, Run ragged or Frazzled.)

“Getting a driver’s license is so difficult because you have

to jump through all these hoops.”

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