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on the hop

Definitions

(informal)
  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
Playing near flawless tennis, Rochus caught Safin on the hop in the first set.
The Mercury, Sunday Tasmanian (2005)
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
Thade's digressions, for all that they often have sense and meaning, always catch me on the hop.
Travers, P L What the Bee Knows - reflections on myth, symbol and story
The green movement's media partner, the ABC, has been caught on the hop.
The Mercury, Sunday Tasmanian (2004)
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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