a mile off

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

a mile off

  (informal)
if you can see or recognize something a mile off, you notice it very easily It's obvious he fancies you - you can see that a mile off.
See also: mile, off
References in classic literature ?
All were interested in his savage Waziri, and many were the gifts the black men received from these friends of their king, but when they learned that he might sail away from them upon the great canoe that lay at anchor a mile off shore they became very sad.
They lived about a mile off through the woods, and were quite used to the route.
The thick, deep wood which you see in the hollow, about a mile off, surrounds Ashdown Park, built by Inigo Jones.
I believe you are right,' said Tiffey, - 'more than a mile off - not far from the church - lying partly on the roadside, and partly on the path, upon his face.
As soon as they had made this bloody bargain they fell to work with the poor men's habitation; they did not set fire, indeed, to anything, but they pulled down both their houses, and left not the least stick standing, or scarce any sign on the ground where they stood; they tore all their household stuff in pieces, and threw everything about in such a manner, that the poor men afterwards found some of their things a mile off.
The village was about a mile off, and the doctor's house was the last in it.
They could hear the church-bell calling--as yet nearly a mile off.
The Rangoon was moored half a mile off in the harbour, its signal of departure hoisted at the mast-head.