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come a long way

To make significant progress. Almost always used in the present perfect tense ("has come a long way," "have come a long way"). He can play entire songs now, and they sound pretty good! He's really come a long way from when he could barely hold a guitar.
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come a long way

Make considerable progress or improvement, as in That's good, Rob-you've certainly come a long way. This usage, which transfers the "distance" of a long way to progress, gained considerable currency in the 1960s and 1970s in an advertising slogan for Virginia Slims cigarettes addressed especially to women: "You've come a long way, baby."
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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