come a long way

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come a long way

Make considerable progress or improvement, as in That's good, Robyou'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."

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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