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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

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a mile away

INFORMAL
If you can see something or someone a mile off or a mile away, you can notice or recognize them very easily. You can spot undercover cops a mile off. I can tell a wig a mile off. He knew Ann could spot a lie a mile away.
See also: mile, off
References in classic literature ?
The soldiers rushed out of the fort, and half a mile off they perceived a little band returning in good order.
They're a good two mile off, at least,' said the woman despondingly.
Never mind whether they're two mile off, or twenty,' said Noah Claypole; for he it was; 'but get up and come on, or I'll kick yer, and so I give yer notice.
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.
Poyser, "when I think as we may have notice to quit, and belike be forced to take a farm twenty mile off.
THE body of a man was recovered a mile off shore in Pembrokeshire yesterday.
Summary: The body of an Indian sailor, who drowned in the sea following an Indian vessel sank 15 mile off the Ajman beach on December 25, was fished out on Saturday morning.
A SAILOR and two children were rescued after their boat broke down a mile off the coastline.
On 26 January Israeli forces shot Ala' Al Habil in the lower leg while he was trawling less than one nautical mile off the coast, while less than two weeks later on 6 February Israeli forces shot Mahmoud Al Nadar in both legs just one and a half miles off the coast the southern Strip's Rafah.
The 62,000 tonne MSC Napoli was refloated on Monday from a mile off Sidmouth, east Devon where she had rested on the seabed since January 20.
In fact, anglers in two fishing boats found themselves in a hailstorm of poison pellets a quarter mile off shore.
The Maltese-registered Kodima, which is carrying a cargo of wood, was a quarter of a mile off the Cornish coast at Whitsand Bay after attempts to land a salvage crew by helicopter failed.
examines a piece of Caulerpa verticillata about 1 mile off the southern coast of Florida.