a country mile(redirected from country miles)
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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.'
Rur. a great distance. The batter knocked that ball a country mile. I had to walk a country mile to the next gas station.
a country milea very long way; a very large margin. informal
2001 Sunday Business Post He's definitely the best barrister there – by a 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.