we still have a lot of hurdles to jump throughPosted: August 5, 2013 Filed under: hoops, hurdles, jump | Tags: blended idioms, clear a hurdle, expressions, humor, jump through hoops, language, malaphors, mixed idioms, words 1 Comment
This is a wonderful mix of “jump through hoops” (do everything possible to please or obey someone) and “clear a hurdle” (overcome an obstacle). The confusion lies with hoops and hurdles, things you jump through and jump over. It was caught by Deb Rose as she was listening to NPR. The speaker was talking about legalizing marijuana, the possible business opportunities it might inspire, and the logistics of making that happen. He said, “we still have a lot of hurdles to jump through.” Yeah right. ‘Nuff said.
Hello Thank you for your malaphors! As a foreigner I really appreciate when you explain what they mean. Regards Xavier Lesaffre