come a long way

come a long way

To make significant progress. Almost always used in the past perfect tense ("has come a long way," "have come a long way"). He can play entire songs now, and they sound pretty good! He's really come a long way from when he could barely hold a guitar.
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come a long way

to make a lot of progress and improvement The five-member rock group has come a long way since recording its first album. Computer graphics have come a long way in the last few years.
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come a long way

Make considerable progress or improvement, as in That's good, Rob-you've certainly come a long way. This usage, which transfers the "distance" of a long way to progress, gained considerable currency in the 1960s and 1970s in an advertising slogan for Virginia Slims cigarettes addressed especially to women: "You've come a long way, baby."
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