leaps and bounds

leaps and bounds

1. adverb By very large degrees; rapidly or in quick progress forward. Our small company has been expanding leaps and bounds over the past year, thanks in no small part to our aggressive new marketing campaign. Our puppy has grown leaps and bounds since we switched it to a new brand of dog food.
2. noun Very large degrees of or rapid progress forward. (Used especially in the phrases "by/in leaps and bounds" and "make leaps and bounds.") Samantha's delivery business has been growing by leaps and bounds recently. The class made leaps and bounds in its reading comprehension after I adopted a new teaching method.
See also: and, bound, leap
References in classic literature ?
Also he had always the progress to encourage him; here in Chicago, for instance, the movement was growing by leaps and bounds.
Science loves eccentricities, leaps and bounds, trials of strength, fancies, if I may be allowed so to term them.
Then he struck gold, invested it, and came up by leaps and bounds.
They were rapidly disappearing when it occurred to me to follow them, and so, hurling caution to the winds, I sprang across the meadow in their wake with leaps and bounds even more prodigious than their own, for the muscles of an athletic Earth man produce remarkable results when pitted against the lesser gravity and air pressure of Mars.
Their leaps and bounds increased, their bared fangs dripped saliva, and their lips and breasts were flecked with foam.
He ran comically in leaps and bounds, with his plump arms bent up by his side and his head thrown back.
His half-Earthly muscles, responding quickly to his will, sent him in enormous leaps and bounds toward the green monster that had struck the woman he loved.
With great leaps and bounds he came, straight toward the arena wall directly beneath where we sat, and then accident carried him, in one of his mighty springs, completely over the barrier into the midst of the slaves and Sagoths just in front of us.
They encouraged trade; and in the peace which was their best gift the well-being of the nation as a whole increased by leaps and bounds.
Poor Geppetto ran after him but was unable to catch him, for Pinocchio ran in leaps and bounds, his two wooden feet, as they beat on the stones of the street, making as much noise as twenty peasants in wooden shoes.
Our submissions have been growing by leaps and bounds in the past two years, and, in an effort to have sufficient time to properly judge every screenplay and film without feeling pressured by deadlines, we have opened up our submission process into a larger window of time,'' Shoemaker said.
The demand for ethanol is growing by leaps and bounds and we intent to participate in a big way with this exciting industry.
Airport officials said the new estimates were likely to ease the fears of Burbank residents who believe that the regional airport would grow by leaps and bounds in coming years.
Mott, who is frequently tapped by the media for his expert knowledge of gadgets and gizmos, has seen this segment of the pet industry grow by leaps and bounds in the past 12 months.
Both cities are growing by leaps and bounds, both are trying to attract large corporations into one of the last bastions of unsuburbanized territory in the 4,083 square-mile county.