Student or Learner
I know I can say to take a leap. Can I also say to make/do 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 04:58.