Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

(by/in) leaps and bounds

leaps and boundsby leaps and boundsin leaps and bounds
Meaning(s)
1) grow or progress rapidly
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • improve in leaps and bounds
  • Analysis
    This expression is sometimes used in reference to growth or progress made by somebody or something, it also refers to something which is quick and significant. It is often said with a sense of surprise. The variation 'by leaps and bounds' tends to be used more in the US, whereas 'in leaps and bounds' is more likely to be heard in the UK. It is common in both a social and professional context, and is similar to the phrase 'make great strides.'
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. Katie's Italian has improved leaps and bounds thanks to the month she spent working in Rome.
    2. My health has improved by leaps and bounds since I started taking the new medication.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. Our sales have been growing by leaps and bounds since we launched our aggressive marketing campaign.
    2. Tom was a bit of a slow starter in the job, but he's come on in leaps and bounds since then.
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