One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
In one bound, without intermediate steps; all at once.
Sudden; without intermediate stages.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in William Watson (?1559–1603), Roman Catholic priest and conspirator. From post-classical Latin per saltum by a leap from classical Latin per + saltum, accusative of saltus leap.
per saltum/pəː ˈsɒltəm//pəː ˈsɔːltəm/
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