verb (used without object), hopped, hopping.
to make a short, bouncing leap; move by leaping with all feet off the ground.
to spring or leap on one foot.
Informal. to make a short, quick trip, especially in an airplane:
He hopped up to Boston for the day.
Informal. to travel or move frequently from one place or situation to another (usually used in combination):
to island-hop; to job-hop.
Informal. to dance.
verb (used with object), hopped, hopping.
to jump over; clear with a hop:
The sheep hopped the fence.
Informal. to board or get onto a vehicle:
to hop a plane.
Informal. to cross in an airplane:
We hopped the Atlantic in five hours.
an act of hopping; short leap.
a leap on one foot.
a journey, especially a short trip by air.
Informal. a dance or dancing party.
a bounce or rebound of a moving object, as a ball:
She caught the ball on the first hop.
hop to it, Informal. to begin to move, become active, or do something immediately:
You’d better hop to it if you intend to buy groceries before the market closes.
Also, hop to.
any twining plant of the genus Humulus, bearing male flowers in loose clusters and female flowers in conelike forms.
hops, the dried ripe cones of the female flowers of this plant, used in brewing, medicine, etc.
Older Slang. a narcotic drug, especially opium.
verb (used with object), hopped, hopping.
to treat or flavor with hops.
hop up, Slang.
the dried ripe flowers, esp the female flowers, of the hop plant, used to give a bitter taste to beer
verb hops, hopping, hopped
(intransitive) to make a jump forwards or upwards, esp on one foot
(intransitive) (esp of frogs, birds, rabbits, etc) to move forwards in short jumps
(transitive) to jump over: he hopped the hedge
(intransitive) (informal) to move or proceed quickly (in, on, out of, etc): hop on a bus
(transitive) (informal) to cross (an ocean) in an aircraft: they hopped the Atlantic in seven hours
(transitive) (US & Canadian, informal) to travel by means of (an aircraft, bus, etc): he hopped a train to Chicago
(US & Canadian) to bounce or cause to bounce: he hopped the flat stone over the lake’s surface
(intransitive) (US & Canadian, informal) to begin intense activity, esp work
(intransitive) another word for limp1
(Brit, slang) hop it, hop off, to go away
the act or an instance of hopping
(old-fashioned, informal) a dance, esp one at which popular music is played: we’re all going to the school hop tonight
(informal) a trip, esp in an aircraft
(US) a bounce, as of a ball
(informal) on the hop
any climbing plant of the N temperate genus Humulus, esp H. lupulus, which has green conelike female flowers and clusters of small male flowers: family Cannabiaceae (or Cannabidaceae) See also hops
hop garden, a field of hops
(obsolete, slang) opium or any other narcotic drug
Old English hoppian “to spring, leap, dance,” from Proto-Germanic *hupnojanan (cf. Old Norse hoppa, Dutch huppen, German hüpfen “to hop”). Related: Hopped; hopping.
usually hops, type of twining vine whose cones are used in brewing, etc., mid-15c., from Middle Dutch hoppe, from Proto-Germanic *hup-nan- (cf. Old Saxon -hoppo, German Hopfen), of unknown origin.
“opium,” 1887, from Cantonese nga-pin (pronounced HAH-peen) “opium,” a Chinese folk etymology of the English word opium, literally “crow peelings.” Re-folk-etymologized back into English by association with hop (n.1).
“a small jump,” c.1500, from hop (v.). Slang sense of “informal dancing party” is from 1731 (defined by Johnson as “a place where meaner people dance”). Meaning “short flight on an aircraft” is from 1909.
full of beans
carhop, seagoing bellhop, sock hop, table-hop
: a hop fiend/ hop dream
[fr a shortening of Cantonese Chinese nga pin, pronounced HAH peen, ”opium,” literally ”crow peelings,” a Chinese folk etymology for English opium; in a subsequent US folk etymology this was changed to hop by assimilation with the plant used to make beer, with its suggestions of intoxication]
high oxygen pressure
In addition to the idioms beginning with
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