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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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 like Topsy

Grow very quickly. This phrase alludes to the little African-American slave girl in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1851), who when asked where she came from, replied, “I ’spect I growed. Don’t think nobody never made me.”
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Journal editor Kathryn Fraser said getting the journal bound was "a project that grew like topsy" and she was very excited the resource had now been preserved.
"The entire SCRIE program grew like Topsy and they shouldn't have involved owners," complained Margulies.