Posted by Masakim on October 29, 2002
In Reply to: Re: No luck posted by ESC on October 29, 2002
: : Anyone know where phrase "leaps and bounds" originated?
: I couldn't find it.
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.
From _The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms_ by Christine Ammer