by/in leaps and bounds

by leaps and bounds

By very large degrees; rapidly or in quick progress forward. Our small company has been growing by leaps and bounds over the past year, thanks in no small part to our aggressive new marketing campaign. What was once a tiny local choir club has expanded by leaps and bounds over the years, becoming one of the state's largest organized choir communities.
See also: and, bound, by, leap

in leaps and bounds

By very large degrees; rapidly or in quick progress forward. Our small company has been growing in leaps and bounds over the past year, thanks in no small part to our aggressive new marketing campaign. What was once a tiny local choir club has expanded in leaps and bounds over the years.
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by leaps and bounds

Fig. rapidly; by large movements forward. The brush we cut back last fall is growing by leaps and bounds. The profits of my company are increasing by leaps and bounds. He is gaining by leaps and bounds.
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by leaps and bounds

Rapidly, or in fast progress, as in The corn is growing by leaps and bounds, or School enrollment is increasing by leaps and bounds. This term is a redundancy, since leap and bound both mean "spring" or "jump," but the two words have been paired since Shakespeare's time and are still so used.
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in leaps and bounds

or

by leaps and bounds

COMMON If something or someone grows or progresses in leaps and bounds or by leaps and bounds, they grow or progress very quickly. Once your child passes his second birthday, speech develops in leaps and bounds. He's improved as a player in leaps and bounds this season. The U.S. population grew by leaps and bounds.
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by leaps and bounds

with startlingly rapid progress.
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by/in ˌleaps and ˈbounds

in large amounts or very quickly: My knowledge of German increased by leaps and bounds when I lived in Germany for a year.Production is going up in leaps and bounds. OPPOSITE: step by step
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by leaps and bounds

Very quickly: growing by leaps and bounds.
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by leaps and bounds

To make very rapid progress. Since the verb “to bound” means to move by leaps (jumps), the term is tautological. Nevertheless Coleridge (1772–1834) used it in his analysis of poetic meter (Metrical Feet): “With a leap and a bound the swift Anapaests throng.”
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