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

1. To be able to drive a vehicle a certain amount of miles before having to stop and refill the gas tank. (e.g. "Good mileage" refers to the ability to drive many miles before having to stop and refuel.) I'm afraid you won't get great gas mileage out of a huge truck like that.
2. By extension, to use something to a certain degree or extent. 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

your mileage may vary

The extent to which you enjoy, appreciate, benefit from, etc., something will be different depending on your own personal preferences or needs. It isn't a mind-blowing or important film to watch, but I enjoyed it for its spectacle and humor. Your mileage may vary, though. I found the service to be perfectly suitable for me and my family, but ours was a pretty straightforward case, so your mileage may vary.
See also: may, mileage, vary
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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, YMMV
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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