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get (some kind of) mileage out of (something)

To use something to a certain degree or extent. The phrase, which is used with variable intensifiers (a lot of, much, more, a little, etc.) to denote how much, is an allusion to the mileage of an automobile as an indicator of the longevity of its usefulness. The president has gotten a lot of mileage out of his tax cuts as a platform for his re-election campaign. One way to cut down on spending is to buy clothes you're sure you'll get mileage out of. I'm afraid you won't get much mileage out of this old computer anymore.
See also: get, kind, mileage, of, out

get a lot of mileage out of something

Fig. to get a lot of use from something, as if it were a car. Bob always got a lot of mileage out of one joke. I got a lot of mileage out of my TV before it broke down.
See also: get, lot, mileage, of, out

get some kind of mileage out of something

 
1. Lit. to achieve some level of efficiency with a vehicle. (Some kind of typically includes more, better, good, etc.) Do you get good mileage out of a vehicle like this.
2. Fig. to get [sufficient] use or service from something. I wish I could get better mileage out of this car. He knows how to get a lot of mileage out of a pair of shoes.
See also: get, kind, mileage, of, out

get mileage out of

Make use of, obtain service from, as in The chorus got a lot of mileage out of that publicity, or You won't get much mileage out of that old TV set. This expression alludes to the number of miles of travel yielded by a given amount of fuel, a tire, or other auto equipment. [Colloquial; mid-1900s]
See also: get, mileage, of, out

Your mileage may vary. and YMMV

sent. & comp. abb. You may have a different experience or different results. It worked for me. Your mileage may vary.
See also: and, may, mileage
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New standard mileage rates are effective for the final four months of 2005; old rates apply for the first eight months of the year.
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The insured will receive a refund if the annualized mileage is below the original estimated annual mileage reported.
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The United Mileage Plus Club Visa Card costs USD375 annually, the United Mileage Plus Access Visa Card costs USD275 annually and the United Mileage Plus Select Visa Card costs USD130 annually.
This is the claim made by HPI National Mileage Register which says that there are discrepancies among one in every 12 vehicles checked on its register.
The car was in excellent condition, so Rhian took a chance that the mileage of 42,000 was kosher and that the history had simply been lost.
2006-49 sets the 2007 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.
United Airlines Mileage Plus program members can now use their miles to upgrade to business or first class on the following other airlines participating in the Star Alliance: ANA, Asiana, Austrian Airlines, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, TAP Portugal, and Thai Airways.
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