by leaps and bounds


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Encyclopedia.

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

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.
See also: and, bound, by, leap

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.
See also: and, bound, by, leap

by leaps and bounds

with startlingly rapid progress.
See also: and, bound, by, leap

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
See also: and, bound, by, leap

by leaps and bounds

Very quickly: growing by leaps and bounds.
See also: and, bound, by, leap

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.”
See also: and, bound, by, leap
References in periodicals archive ?
Lowest unemployment in 16 years and if Congress gives us the massive tax cuts (and reform) I am asking for, those numbers will grow by leaps and bounds. #MAGA!" he posted
Since the library opened in 1965, the Dance Division, and especially its acclaimed Jerome Robbins Archive of the Recorded Moving Image, has grown by leaps and bounds. With nearly 40,000 items, augmented in recent years by major gifts from the Rudolf Nureyev Foundation and the Brooklyn Academy of Music as well as recordings produced by the library itself, the archive is a mecca for artists, scholars, and dance fans worldwide.
The quality of racing has improved by leaps and bounds since Cork moved its greyhound activities to the splendid new Curraheen Park Stadium.
Today, Hunt's business is growing by leaps and bounds. Her showroom has even been featured in local commercials.
If it has not exactly proceeded by leaps and bounds, some of the reasons have been the limited opportunities and high costs of space flight.
The solar energy industry is growing by leaps and bounds in the United States, where there is a shortage of large solar modules.
"L' Occitane is expanding by leaps and bounds with a lease expected to be signed in at least one more location before the end of March," Ms.
The son of Come On Ranger out of Rapid Vienna is only January 98, but he won two of his first four races for trainer Mike Pomfret and is coming on by leaps and bounds.
Since 1959 the company has grown by leaps and bounds, and so has its arts support - in particular its funding of dance.
The Upper Lakes Environmental Research Network (ULERN) is moving ahead by leaps and bounds in their efforts to promote partnerships between Sault College and research and industry players for research and development projects in the natural resources and environmental spheres.