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on the hop


  1. active or busy
  2. (British) unawares or unprepared   ⇒ the new ruling caught me on the hop

Example Sentences Including 'on the hop'

Keep him on the hop : be nice, horrid, fast, slow, logical, instinctive.
Trenhalle, John A Means to Evil
She had been caught on the hop a couple of times, only just beating the train to the clearing at the level crossing.
Adair, Tom (Intro) Three Kinds of Kissing - Scottish Short Stories
Trevor, who was putting his own away at that moment, was caught on the hop and had no idea what to answer.
Richard Francis PROSPECT HILL (2003)


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