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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 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 to a new brand of dog food.
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grow on trees

Become available freely or without effort. Typically used in the phrase "money doesn't grow on trees." I can't believe you would spend your entire allowance on a silly video game. Money doesn't grow on trees, you know!
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grow up

1. verb To become older and more mature; to progress toward adulthood. When I grow up, I want to be an astronaut Growing up with three older brothers probably did a lot to shape my personality.
2. verb To arise or emerge. Protests have grown up all across the nation in response to that incident.
3. expression An imperative to be more mature, typically directed at someone exhibiting what the speaker considers to be extremely immature behavior. Oh, grow up and take some responsibility for your actions. Ugh, you guys are so immature! Grow up!
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have grown whiskers

To be old, as of a story or joke. No one laughed at your story because it had grown whiskers by then.
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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]
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grow on trees

be plentiful or easily obtained.
1996 Nozipo Maraire Zenzele Children these days think that money grows on trees!
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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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Rainforest Alliance also cautions that some higher-yield shade coffees are now being grown with only a few species of trees, making them less valuable for biodiversity.
That the coffee is grown in harmony with nature shows in the lower average yields of about 4,989 pounds per acre, versus 7,484 to 9,978 pounds per acre in an average non-organic coffee farm with intensive use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides.
Grown mostly in Oxnard - and harvested from mid-December until July.
This mountain area is fortunate to have many chefs that appreciate and seek the special flavors of Appalachian grown foods.
The former grains the security of knowing he or she has been paid for a portion of the harvest and the farmer's "community" participates in how and where their food is grown.
Not only will they keep for months, but they also can be added to a garden or grown continuously in pots.
Each growing tree annually produces a new ring of cells, which consists of a relatively wide, light ring grown during the productive seasons of spring and summer, and a thinner, darker ring grown during the harsher months of autumn or winter.
In our experience, the environmental and economic advantages of Super-Hydro-Grow Organic(TM) are most compelling when growers can actually see the results in their own fields - where they can compare yield and crop quality to control plants grown in adjacent acreage.
Someone who has never grown vegetables should probably not plow up his entire estate for the purpose of cultivating tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers and corn.
Henderson County, NC produces over eighty percent of the apples grown in the state (with much of the rest coming from other western North Carolina counties) and is the seventh largest apple producing county in the United States.
Grown in open fields in full sun, coffee trees have doubled their yield, but at a high cost to the environment (see "Singing for Songbirds," In Briefs, July/August 2000).
Grown from seed the trees will reach 20 feet in 10 years.
Sugar maples, they report, increase photosynthetic carbon dioxide uptake by 20 percent (per unit weight) when grown in 650 parts per million (ppm) carbon dioxide instead of the 350-ppm level representative of ambient conditions.
Fresh off his gold medal winning performance in Turin, snowboarder Shaun White's newest feat has to do with California grown agricultural products and an important message.