hopping mad


working energetically; busily engaged: He kept the staff hopping in order to get the report finished.
going from one place or situation to another of a similar specified type (usually used in combination): restaurant-hopping.
hopping mad, furious; enraged: He was hopping mad when his daughter dropped out of college.

1665–75; hop1 + -ing2

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hopping (ˈhɒpɪŋ)
1.  the action of a person or animal that hops
2.  dialect (Tyneside) a fair, esp (the Hoppings) an annual fair in Newcastle
3.  hopping mad in a terrible rage

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Word Origin & History

O.E. hoppian "to spring, dance," from P.Gmc. *khupnojanan (cf. O.N. hoppa, Du. huppen, Ger. hüpfen "to hop"). Slang noun sense of "informal dancing party" is from 1731 (defined by Johnson as "a place where meaner people dance").

"vine," c.1440, from M.Du. hoppe, from P.Gmc. *khup-nan-, of unknown origin.

"opium," 1887, from Cantonese nga-pin (pronounced HAH-peen) "opium," a Chinese folk etymology of the Eng. word opium, lit. "crow peelings." Re-folk-etymologized back into Eng. by association with hop (n.1).
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Idioms & Phrases

hopping mad

Enraged, furious, as in I was hopping mad when they left my name off the list. This expression conjures up an image of jumping up and down with rage. [Colloquial; early 1800s]

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