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in a manga I was reading this expression appeared. It was about a lazy girl, who was thinking about getting herself a boyfriend (so that he can do the house chores for her), and then her friend replies:

"そんなホイっと見つかるもんか"

From the context I'd just guess the sentence means something like "As if it would be so easy (for you to get a boyfriend)", but it's still bugging me what the "ホイ" here means.

It would be nice if someone could tell me! :-)

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Yes, the meaning is pretty much as you explain, except I would add that it implies doing something "carelessly" or "thoughtlessly". If you look up ほいほい in the dictionary, you can find the relevant definition:

軽々しく物事を引き受けたり行なったりするさま。 「 -(と)二つ返事で引き受ける」 「何でも-(と)買ってやる」

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Ah, ok, so it came from 'ほいほい', good to know^^ Katakana always confuses me :-) So basically, it means 'taking something lightheartedly' or 'thinking something will be a easy thing to do', right? Thanks a lot for the help! :-) –  Mumei Mar 20 '13 at 22:26
    
@Mumei: It means doing something easily rather than thinking, also it implies "carelessly" and "thoughtlessly" (look up the definition for 軽々しい). –  Jesse Good Mar 20 '13 at 23:01
    
Hmm, ok, so the sentence would be something like "You think you'd just find one that easily in that carefree manner?", I guess? Also, wanted to ask, is the っと just a 'spoken language' form of the usual と? –  Mumei Mar 20 '13 at 23:34
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@Mumei: Where are you getting the think part from? I would translate it as Yeah, like it's that easy to find one (a boyfriend) (in a sarcastic manner). The っと is the same phenomenon as from にこにこと笑う to にこっと笑う which I believe happens in conversation (I don't know the exact details though). –  Jesse Good Mar 21 '13 at 0:09
    
Ah, ok, now I understand^^ Thanks a lot! :-) –  Mumei Mar 21 '13 at 8:58

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