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grow by leaps and bounds

To rapidly grow or expand. Our small company has grown by leaps and bounds over the past year, thanks in no small part to our aggressive new marketing campaign. Our puppy has grown by leaps and bounds since we switched it to a new brand of dog food.
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grow like Topsy

To rapidly grow or expand. Our small company has grown like Topsy over the past year, thanks in no small part to our aggressive new marketing campaign. Our puppy has grown like Topsy since we switched it to a new brand of dog food.
See also: grow, like, Topsy

grow (up)on (someone or something)

1. To become more liked and appreciated by someone. I didn't like her bubbly new assistant at first, but she grew on me in time.
2. To become more obvious to someone. Unease grew upon me as we walked into the creepy old house.
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grow out of (something)

1. Literally, to emerge from a particular area or container, as of a plant. I can't believe that flowers are growing out of that rocky soil.
2. To no longer do something because one has aged or matured. I thought she would have grown out of temper tantrums by now.
3. To no longer be able to fit into an article of clothing because one has grown taller or gained weight. This phrase is often applied to children. The baby has already grown out of her infant onesies.
4. To emerge from something. My novel grew out of a short story I'd written as a kid. Can you believe their fistfight grew out of a tense exchange in the check-out line?
See also: grow, of, out

grow up

1. To become older and more mature. This phrase can also be used when one is annoyed with someone else's immaturity. When I grow up, I want to be an astronaut Oh, grow up and take some responsibility for your actions.
2. To arise or emerge. Protests have grown up all across the nation in response to that incident.
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grow up

to become mature; to become adult. All the children have grown up and the parents are left with a lot of debts.
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grow up

1. Become an adult, as in Sam wants to be a policeman when he grows up. [First half of 1500s]
2. Come into existence, arise, as in Similar social problems grew up in all the big cities. [Late 1500s]
3. Become mature or sensible, as in It's time you grew up and faced the facts. This usage may also be in the form of an imperative (as in Don't bite your nails-grow up!) [Mid-1900s]
See also: grow, up

grow like ˈTopsy

grow very fast, particularly in an unplanned or uncontrolled way: After many contributions, our website has grown like Topsy, and is now being completely revised.Topsy was a female character in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin.
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grow up

To become an adult: I want to be a teacher when I grow up.
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Once plucked from trees that grew in the shade of taller fruit and hardwood trees, the beans ground for our morning java jolt today come largely from deforested acres of monoculture.
Doctors could have treated Muresan's gigantism by removing his tumor, but he grew up in a small village in Romania where treatment wasn't available.
When scientists there unintentionally grew a few maroon-colored carrots from a batch of Brazilian seeds, they couldn't resist cultivating the new hue.
These same species grew when the Indians lived here: oaks, hickories, maples, ashes, cherries, sweetgums, and tuliptrees.
In the collaboration, Sandia National Laboratories grew GaN on A-Sapph(TM) and sapphire reference substrates using MOCVD.
From the tiny towns of Bakersville in Mitchell county and Robbinsville in Graham county to the multiple markets of Asheville you will find farmers selling fresh vegetables, fruits, and herbs that they grew themselves right here at home.
I have started several mango trees - from seeds in store- bought mangoes - that grew to about 30 inches tall and then died.
Hundreds of thousands of acres of hemp grew in Kentucky, Tennessee, Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan.
As a result, Reid says, these trees "surprisingly" grew no fster than counterparts raised under ambient carbon dioxide levels.