a mile away

a mile away

Very easily. Always of something detected or observed. I can spot Paul from a mile away, just by the way he walks. After decades as an investigator, I can identify a con man a mile away.
See also: away, mile

a mile off

Very easily. Always of something detected or observed. I can spot Paul a mile off, just by the way he walks. After decades as an investigator, I can identify a con man a mile off.
See also: mile, off

miles away

If someone is miles away, they are completely unaware of what is happening or of what someone is saying, because they are thinking deeply about something else. Sorry, I was miles away. Could you repeat that? You didn't hear a word I said, did you? You were miles away.
See also: away, mile
References in classic literature ?
Jukes to leeward could hear these two shouting within six inches of his face, as you may hear on a still night half a mile away two men conversing across a field.
My landlady told me it was better than half a mile away, and "nothing when you get there; no shop; no post-office; not even a public - house.
This sound was a mile away, now--perhaps it was the murmur of a storm; and now it was nearer--not a quarter of a mile away; was it the muffled rasping and grinding of distant machinery?
It stood on a lonely eminence, in good view from the castle, and about half a mile away.
I was sent from the house, half a mile away, to carry to him a pail of beer.
Exactly fronting him now, about three-quarters of a mile away, on the summit of that strange hill which stood out like a gigantic rock in the wilderness, was St.
Milk and honey" would have been an appropriate inscription for the delicious little library which parents who, I surmised, doted on Nicolete in vain, had allowed her to build in a wild woodland corner of her ancestral park, half a mile away from the great house, where, for all its corridors and galleries, she could never feel, at all events, spiritually alone.
Not having found a likely spot, they held on for the opposite bank a mile away.
He pointed to a little one-storey building about a mile away along the coast.
About half a mile away they could just discern a corner of the club-house.
Detached groups of horsemen are well in front - not altogether exposed - many of them intently regarding the crest of a hill a mile away in the direction of the interrupted advance.
Little practised as he was in swimming, he swam with all his strength, whimpering in a sort of chant his eager love for Skipper who indubitably must be aboard the white yacht half a mile away.
There was not a breath of air moving, nor a sound but that of the surf booming half a mile away along the beaches and against the rocks outside.
Kotuko laid up a snow-house large enough to take in the hand-sleigh (never be separated from your meat), and while he was shaping the last irregular block of ice that makes the key-stone of the roof, he saw a Thing looking at him from a little cliff of ice half a mile away.
When they spoke it was as if they considered their listener to be a mile away.