Instead, it was a hiccup in the legislative process, not a catastrophe.
That intense, blink-and-you-missed it Oprah-esque moment was a hiccup.
Clinton is the original political rock star, and the media remain utterly captivated by his every burp, cough, and hiccup.
He was always straight-ahead and anytime there was a hiccup or anything, he was really good at dealing with it.
But the challenge of acting in a major franchise was just a hiccup when compared to the challenge of acting in front of the press.
Pray have something to (hiccup) after it; you must be (hiccup).'
He acknowledged Don's look with a broad smile that vanished in a hiccup.
By the (hiccup) way (hiccup), gentlemen, what's got Mr. Orlando (hiccup) Bugles?'
"Well, I'd like to hear it again," said the drunken one (hiccup).
Some time after, he had a severe attack of hiccup, and said to Dr. Galloway, 'I hope you are now convinced.'
1570s, hickop, earlier hicket, hyckock, "a word meant to imitate the sound produced by the convulsion of the diaphragm" [Abram Smythe Farmer, "Folk-Etymology," London, 1882]. Cf. French hoquet, Danish hikke, etc. Modern spelling first recorded 1788; An Old English word for it was ælfsogoða, so called because hiccups were thought to be caused by elves.
1580s; see hiccup (n.).
hiccup hic·cup or hic·cough (hĭk'əp)
A spasm of the diaphragm causing sudden inhalation interrupted by spasmodic closure of the glottis, producing a characteristic noise.
A brief interruption; spasmodic stoppage: The violence in Moscow is another hiccup in Russia's drive for democracy (1980s+)