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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.
See also: away, mile

be miles away

be lost in thought and so unaware of what is happening around you. informal
See also: away, mile

be ˈmiles away

(informal) be thinking deeply about something and not aware of what is happening around you: When I ask him a question in class, he just looks at me. He’s always miles away.‘What do you think of Anne’s idea, Dan?’ ‘Sorry, I was miles away. What idea is that?’
See also: away, mile
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I am miles away (from best form), but am pleased to have won a match and got in (the next round) once you start winning matches, you are picking up momentum and have a chance for it to click.
I am miles away from my best, but I am pleased to be in and I hope to gain some momentum.
It was great It was great Although I am miles away in Mississippi I haven't dodged a pre–match slagging"
I would like to get another 45 minutes against Kettering if I can and then keep building it up but, to be honest, I am miles away from being match fit.
Most times, I pass the road signs without even realising it, until I am miles away from my route and totally lost
It was great to get the goal, but I really am miles away from starting a game.