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      vb  
1    to move forwards or make (one's way) by leaps or jumps  
2    to bounce; spring away from an impact  
      n  
3    a jump upwards or forwards  
4    by leaps and bounds          with unexpectedly rapid progess  
her condition improved by leaps and bounds     
5    a sudden pronounced sense of excitement  
his heart gave a sudden bound when he saw her     
6    a bounce, as of a ball  
     (C16: from Old French bond a leap, from bondir to jump, resound, from Vulgar Latin bombitire (unattested) to buzz, hum, from Latin bombus booming sound)  
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leap  
      vb   , leaps, leaping, leapt, leaped  
1    intr   to jump suddenly from one place to another  
2    intr; often foll by: at   to move or react quickly  
3    tr   to jump over  
4    to come into prominence rapidly  
the thought leapt into his mind     
5    tr   to cause (an animal, esp. a horse) to jump a barrier  
      n  
6    the act of jumping  
7    a spot from which a leap was or may be made  
8    the distance of a leap  
9    an abrupt change or increase  
10      (Also called (U.S. and Canadian))    skip     (Music)   a relatively large melodic interval, esp. in a solo part  
11    a leap in the dark   an action performed without knowledge of the consequences  
12    by leaps and bounds          with unexpectedly rapid progress  
     (Old English hleapan; related to Gothic hlaupan, German laufen)  
  leaper      n  

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leap, leapt, lea, least

Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
exp.
go for something, take one's chances
n.
Abandoning something that one has intimate knowledge of for something unknown and probably highly risky to one's well-being.
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