on the hop
- active or busy
- (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.
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.
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.
PROSPECT HILL (2003)