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grow by leaps and bounds
To rapidly grow or expand. Our small company has grown by leaps and bounds over the past year, thanks in no small part to our aggressive new marketing campaign. Our puppy has grown by leaps and bounds since we switched to a new brand of dog food.
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.
grow on trees
Become available freely or without effort. Typically used in the phrase "money doesn't grow on trees." I can't believe you would spend your entire allowance on a silly video game. Money doesn't grow on trees, you know!
1. verb To become older and more mature; to progress toward adulthood. When I grow up, I want to be an astronaut Growing up with three older brothers probably did a lot to shape my personality.
2. verb To arise or emerge. Protests have grown up all across the nation in response to that incident.
3. expression An imperative to be more mature, typically directed at someone exhibiting what the speaker considers to be extremely immature behavior. Oh, grow up and take some responsibility for your actions. Ugh, you guys are so immature! Grow up!
have grown whiskers
To be old, as of a story or joke. No one laughed at your story because it had grown whiskers by then.
1. Literally, to grow and move away from something. Wow, those bushes have really grown apart since we bought the place.
2. To experience a lessening of emotional intimacy in a relationship over time. Of course I still care about Ed—we've just grown apart over the years. We hardly even talk anymore.
grow away from (someone or something)
1. Literally, to grow and move away from something. Wow, those bushes have really grown away from each other since we bought the place.
2. To experience a lessening of emotional intimacy in a relationship over time. Of course I still care about Ed—we've just grown away from each other over the years. We hardly even talk anymore.
3. To become less dependent on someone. I knew the kids would grow away from us, but I guess I just didn't expect it to happen so soon.
To return to a previous length or degree of growth, as after having been cut or trimmed. I know you're not thrilled with your new haircut, but don't worry, it's just hair—it'll grow back. When do you think that part of the bush will grow back? I didn't realize how much it was hiding our ugly porch.
To move downward through or into something over time. Typically said of roots. The roots of that tree better not be growing down into our sewer pipe!
grow from (something)
1. To develop from a particular starting point or thing. Usually said of plants. What do tulips grow from? Bulbs?
2. To change and mature after having had a particular experience. That break-up was really painful, but I did grow from it—now, I only date people who truly care about me.
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grow over (something)
To extend over something, covering it. Often said of flora. Oh wow, I didn't realize how much the moss had grown over this wall.
grow to (do something)
To slowly begin to do something or feel a certain way over time. Ian annoyed me at first, but I really grew to like him as we spent more time together. Every young adult grows to want more freedom from their family—that's just how it is. Grandma grew to hate the cold and eventually moved to Florida.
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(of things) To physically move closer together and connect or intertwine over time. That big bush out front is actually two smaller bushes that grew together. Molly, you have to wear a cast so that your broken bone grows together.
grow up into (something)
To become a particular type of person as one ages and matures. Wow, Julie has really grown up into a very poised young woman. I can't believe she's already 16!
1. Nurtured or developed in a particular place of origin. That team has lot of homegrown talent because their scouts are really good.
2. Associated with or characteristic of a certain place or area. Do Seattleites see grunge as homegrown music?
3. Unpretentious and informal. The school is constantly putting on these cute, homegrown events for the kids.
4. Locally-grown marijuana. I had low expectations for that homegrown, but it actually gave me a nice buzz.
grow apart(from someone or something)
1. Lit. [for things] to separate as they grow. These trees tend to grow apart from each other as they get bigger. They need to grow apart so they won't be too crowded.
2. Fig. [for people] to separate from one another gradually. Over the years, they grew apart from each other. Ted and Sharon grew apart and saw less and less of each other.
[for something that has come off] to grow back again. (Includes parts of plants and some animals, fingernails, toenails, etc.) The lizard's tail grew back in a few months. The leaves will grow back in a month or so.
grow down (into something)
[for roots] to penetrate downward as they grow. The young roots grew down into the rich soil. The roots grew down and drew up the precious water.
[for things] to join together as they grow and develop. Two of these trees grew together when they were much smaller. The broken ends of the bone grew together far more rapidly than Chuck had thought.
to become mature; to become adult. All the children have grown up and the parents are left with a lot of debts.
1. Become an adult, as in Sam wants to be a policeman when he grows up. [First half of 1500s]
2. Come into existence, arise, as in Similar social problems grew up in all the big cities. [Late 1500s]
3. Become mature or sensible, as in It's time you grew up and faced the facts. This usage may also be in the form of an imperative (as in Don't bite your nails-grow up!) [Mid-1900s]
grow on treesbe plentiful or easily obtained.
1996 Nozipo Maraire Zenzele Children these days think that money grows on trees!
grow like ˈTopsygrow 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.
To become an adult: I want to be a teacher when I grow up.
1. mod. local; folksy; amateur. The homegrown talent at the fair was just as entertaining as anything could have been.
2. n. marijuana grown domestically or locally. (Drugs.) She’d rather use homegrown than have to deal with Shorty.
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.”