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By leaps and bounds

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • By leaps and bounds by startlingly rapid stages
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Idioms

By leaps and bounds - Something that happens by leaps and bounds happens very quickly in big steps.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. bondir, to spring, in O. Fr. to resound—L. bombitāre. See Boom, the sound.

Usage

In literature:

He sprang up the creaking stairs by leaps and bounds.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
The debt rose by leaps and bounds.
"History of the English People, Volume VIII (of 8)" by John Richard Green
Meanwhile, her reputation increased by leaps and bounds.
"Vigée Le Brun" by Haldane MacFall
Her influence in South America and Asia was increasing by leaps and bounds.
"Right Above Race" by Otto Hermann Kahn
Gods, but I was going back into the primitive by leaps and bounds!
"Wings of the Wind" by Credo Harris
It grew literally by leaps and bounds.
"History of the Constitutions of Iowa" by Benjamin F. Shambaugh
When we struck the Mer de Glace, we fell in with so many gaping fissures that we could cross them only by hazardous leaps and bounds.
"Celebrated Women Travellers of the Nineteenth Century" by W. H. Davenport Adams
Quickly the rabbit seized a burning stick and hopped away by leaps and bounds.
"Two Indian Children of Long Ago" by Frances Taylor
Really things were rushing forward by leaps and bounds now.
"The Boy Scouts in the Blue Ridge" by Herbert Carter
And ever since the first mechanical clock started its ticking we have developed them by leaps and bounds!
"The Brain" by Alexander Blade
The number of Christian schools was increasing by leaps and bounds.
"The Revolt of the Angels" by Anatole France
This figure was doubled in 1906, and is now increasing by leaps and bounds.
"The Romance of the Reaper" by Herbert Newton Casson
In that comparatively short space of time, your remuneration has gone up by leaps and bounds?
"The Intriguers" by William Le Queux
Stores were in demand, and lodging-houses required for the visitors, so that the cost of living went up by leaps and bounds.
"The West Indies and the Spanish Main [1899]" by James Rodway
The revenue went up by leaps and bounds.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 1" by Various
Her account grew by leaps and bounds.
"A Bed of Roses" by W. L. George
Her play, good as it was before, improved by leaps and bounds.
"The Jolliest Term on Record" by Angela Brazil
This evening of the reunion of these serious creatures runs on by leaps and bounds and rises to a pitch by fits and starts.
"Woman" by Magdeleine Marx
The German method of retreat necessarily resulted in the Americans' going forward by leaps and bounds.
"The Iron Division, National Guard of Pennsylvania, in the World War" by H. G. Proctor
By leaps and bounds Ruddy hurried through the clumps of trees.
"Rick and Ruddy" by Howard R. Garis
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In poetry:

And now, when I grow old,
And my slow blood is cold,
And feeble is my breath—
I'm followed by those hounds,
Whose mighty leaps and bounds
Hunt me to death.
"Passion's Hounds" by William H Davies
As on its native plains the kangaroo, startled by hunters,
Leaps with successive bounds, and hurries away to the thickets,
So leaped the Crested Hawk, and quietly hopping behind him
Ran, and occasionally shot, that Bald-headed Snipe of the Valley.
"Thompson Of Angels" by Francis Bret Harte

In news:

San Miguel's Codie Wilshusen wins by leaps and bounds .
Frog races remain a tradition at Frog Follies, which has grown by leaps and bounds PHOTOS.
Growing by leaps and bounds .
Chapel Hill is growing by leaps and bounds .
GROWING BY LEAPS AND BOUNDS .
In the US alone, there are 120 M smartphones and almost 60 M tablets accessing the Internet, and the adoption is growing by leaps and bounds IDC says that worldwide smartphone shipments will grow from 494M last year to 1.6B in 2016.
In fact, many key fests are building their audiences by leaps and bounds, even as competition on the calendar grows to absurd levels.
The Oxford Park Commission soccer program is growing by leaps and bounds and some coaches say scheduling practice time can sometimes be a challenge, but they wouldn't change a thing.
Laser scanning has advanced by leaps and bounds during its relatively short history, increasing the accuracy and ease of a variety of measuring and modeling tasks.
One type of mutual fund that has grown by leaps and bounds since the financial crisis are those that mimic hedge funds.
Internet connectivity on cell phones has improved by leaps and bounds over the last five years.
The supercut of "things Mitt Romney does that make him seem like an out-of-touch, cold-hearted Wall Street fat cat," which Democrats are surely compiling, seems to be growing by leaps and bounds this week.
Analysts say the demands on the time of Reapers and other aircraft are likely to continue to grow by leaps and bounds now that the Air Force can provide troops on the ground with live video.
It's still a long way from what it could be, but rooftop solar in Los Angeles is growing by leaps and bounds.
Nestled just south of Champaign, Savoy has been growing by leaps and bounds during the last two decades.
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In science:

Cosmology is progressing by leaps and bounds thanks to a spectacular amount of observational data.
TASI Lectures on Cosmological Perturbations
Thus other design disciplines are progressing by leaps and bounds in design productivity and possibility. Meanwhile the software industry struggles m ightily for the most m inuscule of design progress advances. All manual design involves lots of wasted mental motion.
Ten Incredibly Dangerous Software Ideas
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