Put Through The Hoop

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Put Through The Hoop : Phrases


Something done to a person when they're in trouble, or are to be punished.


Ryan thought he'd be
put through the hoop for calling his boss a kumquat.


This expression comes from the ancient marine custom of
to run the hoop in which four or more half naked boys had their left hands tied to an iron hoop. Each had a length of rope, called a nettle, in the other hand. One of the boys was then hit with a cat o'nine tails by the bosun; that boy in turn hit the boy in front with his rope and so on. The lashes were at first quite gentle, but soon became heavy and in earnest. This pastime was anciently practised when a ship was becalmed.

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