country mile


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a country mile

A long distance, especially when one expects it to be shorter. We've driven so far, and I still don't see the silo anywhere. Maybe the farmer was referring to a country mile when he said it was 'just a mile away.'
See also: country, mile

country mile

Rur. a great distance. The batter knocked that ball a country mile. I had to walk a country mile to the next gas station.
See also: country, mile

country mile

A distance that's farther than anticipated. Rural distances seem to be much longer than city folk think, so when a farmer says that the turnoff is “just a mile down the road,” that mile can stretch on interminably. The phrase used to be regularly used by baseball radio broadcasters to describe the distance of a long home run.
See also: country, mile
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Former England captain Michael Vaughan said Australia thoroughly deserved victory because they were the better team by a country mile, the report mentioned.
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Detective Inspector Dave Mead, who led the operation, said: "This is Cleveland Police's biggest drugs operation by a country mile.
The race would be a complete non-event, with Frankel winning by a country mile and Black Caviar being eased down a furlong from home and finishing a well-beaten fourth.
He hits the ball a country mile and was putting for eagle on two of the par 5s at Swinley Forest.
This year alone our budget will be the lowest in the Premier League by a country mile.
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He is the best winger in the world by a country mile," purred former England coach Dick Best.
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Over the years, though, they have gently improved with the generation before this new one being a country mile better than anything that had gone before it.
Pugsley's triumph was part of a glorious triple for West Midland clubs, with Tipton Harriers romping home with the team title by a country mile and the talented youngsters of Solihull & Small Heath shading Sale Harriers for the Junior Men's Championship.
No doubt more than one wet-behind-the-ears pilot missed his target by a good country mile, and the small clearings grew into vast desolate stretches of Pine Barren sand.