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    'The news almost caught us on the hop!'

    Hi all,

    Would it be alright to say the above sentence to mean the 'news' was shocking or something we didn't expect? Thanks.

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    Re: 'The news almost caught us on the hop!'

    "On the hop" merely means that it caught you by surprise, unprepared, so the news needn't be shocking but the implication is often that it's inconvenient.
    "My friend's wedding announcement caught us on the hop a bit, we were planning to be out of town that weekend".

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    Re: 'The news almost caught us on the hop!'

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Hi all,

    Would it be alright to say the above sentence to mean the 'news' was shocking or something we didn't expect? Thanks.
    I haven't heard "almost on the hop". It either caught you on the hop or it didn't.

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    Re: 'The news almost caught us on the hop!'

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    I haven't heard "almost on the hop". It either caught you on the hop or it didn't.
    Me neither. I think he meant nearly rather than almost.

    I also think caught us on the hop is exclusively BrE.

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    Re: 'The news almost caught us on the hop!'

    This American did not know the phrase.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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