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a million miles away

Noticeably distracted, unfocused, or lost in thought. Of course you don't remember me saying that—you were a million miles away the whole time! Are you even listening to me? You seem a million miles away.
See also: away, mile, million
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*million miles away

Fig. lost in thought; [of someone] daydreaming and not paying attention. (Only one's mind is far away. *Typically: be ~; look to be ~; seem ~.) He was a million miles away during the entire lecture. Look at her. She is a million miles away, not paying any attention to what she is doing.
See also: away, mile, million
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Above me shone the red eye of Mars holding her awful secret, forty-eight million miles away.
Greatest mathematical distance of all was that between Captain Duncan's mind and the mind of an astronomer who charted the heavens and navigated a thousand million miles away among the stars and who tossed, a mere morsel of his mathematical knowledge, the few shreds of information to Captain Duncan that enabled him to know from day to day the place of the Makambo on the sea.
There's a big strike coming, and Indian River ain't going to be a million miles away."
It swarms with a mean kind of leather-headed mud-colored angels - and your nearest white neighbor is likely to be a million miles away. WHAT A MAN MOSTLY MISSES, IN HEAVEN, IS COMPANY - company of his own sort and color and language.
In the meat on the platter he saw the shining sun and traced its energy back through all its transformations to its source a hundred million miles away, or traced its energy ahead to the moving muscles in his arms that enabled him to cut the meat, and to the brain wherewith he willed the muscles to move to cut the meat, until, with inward gaze, he saw the same sun shining in his brain.
It is expected to be about 0.03561 astronomical units or roughly 3.3 million miles away from Earth during its flyby.
93 million miles away and yet the sun provides all our light and energy and it's exactly the right distance away, just a few miles nearer and we would burn up.
The Red Planet is usually 250 million miles away, but is now just 35.8 million miles away, giving stargazers their best glimpse of the alien world since 2003.
I WAS able to start properly enjoying the comedy in Back (Channel 4, Wednesday) after coming to accept (by the second episode, I think) that David Mitchell and Robert Webb's characters weren't a million miles away from their Peep Show characters.
Once I descended into the lush valleys and ran among the olive groves, I felt a million miles away from civilizationand certainly from the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.
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His replacement is Andrew Percy, MP for Brigg and Goole, not a million miles away from those living south of the Tees.
And in her slinky red dress and sparkling diamonds, Kerry looked a million miles away from the jungle queen who won I'm A Celebrity...
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