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Definition of hoop noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a large ring of plastic, wood, or iron a barrel bound with iron hoops hoop earrings (= in the shape of a hoop )
  2. 2the ring that the players throw the ball through in the game of basketball in order to score points Let's shoot some hoops.
  3. 3a large ring that was used as a children's toy in the past, or for animals or riders to jump through at a circus
  4. 4= hula hoop
  5. 5a small arch made of metal or plastic, put into the ground croquet hoops Grow lettuce under plastic stretched over wire hoops.
  6. Idioms
    jump through hoops
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    to do something difficult or complicated in order to achieve something
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