be miles away

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be miles away

To be noticeably distracted and unfocused. Of course you don't remember me saying that—you were miles away the whole time! It's the last day before Christmas break, so my students are miles away.
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be miles away

to not be listening to what someone is saying because you are thinking about something else 'Jim, did you hear what I just said?' 'Sorry, I was miles away.'
See also: away, mile