country mile
an informal measurement of distance, usually longer than the statute mile (1760 yards or 1609 metres) or straight distance of one mile, as it can involve winding roads or rough terrain. More a measure of traveling time than distance, being the time needed to cover a certain portion of a route between two places. Still used in some countries to the confusion of the metrical scientist. See also farsakh

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  • country mile — (USA) A country mile is used to describe a long distance …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • country mile — [n] long distance far piece, good way, great distance; concepts 651,739,790 …   New thesaurus

  • country mile — ☆ country mile n. Informal a very long way or extent …   English World dictionary

  • country mile — noun : a long distance loud enough to be heard a country mile * * * noun [singular] informal : a long distance He lives a country mile from the nearest store. She beat the other swimmers by a country mile. * * * ˌcountry ˈmile 8 [country mile] …   Useful english dictionary

  • country mile — /kʌntri ˈmaɪl/ (say kuntree muyl) noun 1. an indeterminate measure of great distance. –phrase 2. by a country mile, by a long way: *The knockout, of course, is Penfold s Grange Hermitage, one of the greatest red wines in the world and the finest… …   Australian English dictionary

  • country mile — Informal. a long distance: He can hit a baseball a country mile. [1945 50] * * * …   Universalium

  • country mile — noun Date: 1950 a long distance …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • country mile — noun /ˌkʌntri ˈmaɪl/ a long way, a great distance …   Wiktionary

  • Country mile — a great distance …   Dictionary of Australian slang

  • country mile — Australian Slang a great distance …   English dialects glossary

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