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He bent over hoops for me

Now that’s impressive!  This ditty was overheard at a benefits hearing where the claimant was referring to someone who was assisting her.  It is a congruent conflation of “jump through hoops” and “bend over backwards”, both meaning to do everything possible to please someone or accomplish something.  Bending over hoops is probably the ultimate in pleasing someone.  The mix up is caused, I think, by the action words bend and jump, and by the similar meanings of the phrases.  A shout out to Sam Edelmann who heard this one and passed it along.

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