I already have giant steps / huge strides

in the context of

'Having previously taken tentative, half-hearted baby-steps Sophia began taking -------- towards attaining her life's ambitions'.

  • "biting off more than you can chew"
    – Mitch
    Aug 21, 2019 at 20:52

3 Answers 3


Giant strides

See Cambridge Dictionary online for examples of usage in this context, generally by British parliamentarians, e.g.

”Is this not a giant stride towards a nationwide capital-owning democracy?”

This to me is the most natural opposite to “baby steps”. “Strides” seems to me more idiomatic than the “leaps” suggested in another answer. Certainly a comparison of the terms using the Google ngram viewershows “giant strides” to have a longer history of usage, and even today is much more common.

A stride is a large step, whereas a leap entails taking both feet off the ground and often has the implication of jumping over something. The idiom here is leaps and bounds. To use this I would recast the sentence a little:

“Sophia began moving towards attaining her life’s ambitions in leaps and bounds”.

  • An even better collocation is great strides
    – Hellion
    Aug 21, 2019 at 19:00
  • @Hellion — For me “great” grates rather. (Unless it’s Alexander).
    – David
    Aug 21, 2019 at 19:14
  • Love 'leaps and bounds' - exactly the phrase I was looking for. thanks
    – user311438
    Aug 22, 2019 at 5:54

Having previously taken tentative, half-hearted baby steps, Sophia began making giant leaps toward attaining her life's ambitions.


There are many possible choices depending on what you want to express.

For example, are you interested in expressing that she is now confident?
- firm steps
- confident steps
- assertive actions

Or that she is now unduly incautious?
- overly confident steps
- unguarded steps

Or possibly that she is now making mistakes she previously didn't?
- unchecked steps
- risky steps
- foolhardy steps
- slapdash actions

Or that she is now competent at her actions?
- well placed steps
- efficient steps
- accurate steps

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