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    leap

    Hi

    I know I can say to take a leap. Can I also say to make/do a leap?

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    Re: leap

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Hi

    I know I can say to take a leap. Can I also say to make/do a leap?

    thanks
    Take a leap, or make a leap.

    The literal meaning is basically the same. However, the metaphors attached to each phrase don't quite overlap.

    Take a leap, buddy = Go to hell.

    In general, "take" stresses the attempt (and may fail), "make" the success:

    Take a leap into the unknown. Make a leap into the unknown.
    Their research takes a leap into uncharted waters.
    Their technology makes a leap into what until now has been thought impossible.

    Do a jump (as in an athletic competition)

    Beamon did a jump of 8.90 metres in 1968, a record that stood for 23 years.
    Midori Ito was the first lady successfully to do a triple axel jump.

    A man (and only a man) does a leap when he takes a woman to bed.
    Last edited by abaka; 19-Jan-2009 at 05:58.

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