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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.
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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.
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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.
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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]
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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.
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Most economical: 1.2 petrol Best used buy: 1.4 petrol common faults: 0 Used Car Expert mileage analysis: A 1.4-litre VW Fox from 2006 will have 26,000 miles on the clock on average.
According to a Mileage Check spokesperson, "Cyprus is particularly bad compared with the rest of Europe.
Poorly aligned digits on the odometer - or mileage display - is one of the least accurate things to look out for.
I also hypothesized that a readily identifiable point would exist in the mileage of a vehicle, after which the cost and frequency of repairs would increase rapidly.
Meanwhile, low mileage vehicles tend to indicate shorter journeys, and with it premature engine wear and damage.
According to Gartner, automotive industry experts maintain that automakers, who are required by federal law to utilize EPA estimates, are not responsible for the "inflated claims," as the EPA still relies on a 19-year-old lab simulation to produce its mileage ratings.
The company said the most clocked vehicle, according to readings that suggest that the mileage clock has been turned back, was the Ford Escort, with more than 144,000 suspicious examples.
CLOCKING a car's mileage to increase its resale value could become a thing of the past if devices used to change the readings are banned.
If the car is supposed to be very low mileage (perhaps under 10,000 miles) you shouldn't expect to see a worn-out spare wheel and four nearly-bald tyres.
"Where this was not possible, mileage details were compared against recorded figures held by the National Mileage Register.
In Stirling, the average used car sells for PS11,320 and has an average mileage of 25,750 - lower than the UK average of around 36,000 miles.
Vehicle-clocking devices should be banned after a surge in incidents that are putting motorists at risk of buying dangerous used cars with false mileage, the Local Government Association (LGA) has said.
ONE in five used cars sold here may have had their mileage tampered with, it is claimed.
Abid Hussain, 53, and son Nadeen Abid, 28, both of Mary Road, Stechford, have already pleaded guilty to lopping mileages by half.
Business car drivers can book their next service and update their mileage records through the app which feeds directly into the e-fleet fleet management system, so fleet bosses can monitor accumulating mileages more effectively and produce predictive mileage reports to see which vehicles risk exceeding contract mileages.