come a long way

Make considerable progress or improvement, as in That's good, Rob—you've certainly come a long way. This usage, which transfers the “distance” of a long way to progress, gained considerable currency in the 1960s and 1970s in an advertising slogan for Virginia Slims cigarettes addressed especially to women: “You've come a long way, baby.”


Nearby words

  1. comdr,
  2. comdr.,
  3. comdt,
  4. comdt.,
  5. come,
  6. come about,
  7. come across,
  8. come again?,
  9. come alive,
  10. come along

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