W1S1 [maıl] n
[: Old English; Origin: mil, from Latin milia passum 'thousands of paces']
1.) written abbreviation m
a unit for measuring distance, equal to 1760 ↑yards or about 1609 metres
It's forty miles from here to the Polish border.
an area 50 miles wide and 150 miles long
We walked about half a mile .
He was driving at 70 miles per hour .
2.) the mile
a race that is a mile in length
the first man to run the mile in under four minutes
3.) miles informal
a very long distance
miles from
We were miles from home, and very tired.
miles away
You can't go to Portsmouth, it's miles away.
for miles
You can see for miles from here.
They lived in a little cottage miles from anywhere (=a long way from the nearest town) .
4.) go the extra mile
to try a little harder in order to achieve something, after you have already used a lot of effort
The president expressed his determination to go the extra mile for peace.
5.) stick out/stand out a mile informal
to be very easy to see or notice
It sticks out a mile that you're new here.
6.) can see/spot/tell sth a mile off informal
if you can see something a mile off, it is very easy to notice
You can tell a mile off that he likes you.
7.) be miles away
spoken to not be paying attention to anything that is happening around you
'Kate!' 'Sorry, I was miles away!'
8.) miles older/better/too difficult etc
BrE informal very much older, better, too difficult etc
= ↑loads
The second film's miles better.
9.) by a mile informal
by a very large amount
He was the best player on the pitch by a mile.
10.) miles out
BrE informal a measurement, guess, or calculation that is miles out is completely wrong
11.) join the mile high club informal
to have sex in a plane
→↑nautical mile,run a mile atrun1 (38)

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