Advance considerably, make good progress, as in He made great strides in his study of Latin. Since its earliest recorded use in 1600, this expression has taken a number of forms—make a wide stride, take strides, make rapid strides. All of them transfer a long walking step to other kinds of progress.
- Make haste slowly
The quickest way to accomplish something is to proceed deliberately.
- Make head or tail of
see: can’t make head or tail of
- Make history
Do something memorable or spectacular enough to influence the course of history, as in That first space flight made history. [ Mid-1800s ]
- Make inroads into
Encroach on, advance at another’s expense, as in The Japanese rapidly made inroads into the computer-chip market. The noun inroad originally meant “an invasion.” [ Late 1600s ]