million miles away

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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

*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
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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.
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.
But before the unmanned mission signs off for good, one of its cameras captured an image of the Earth and the Moon-shot nearly a million miles away.
Rosetta had already been lying 485 million miles away on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko for nearly an hour, because of the 40 minutes it took for radio signals to travel to Earth.
His replacement is Andrew Percy, MP for Brigg and Goole, not a million miles away from those living south of the Tees.
The last time it was closer than it will be Monday, Mars was 43 million miles away in October-November 2005.
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.
You could name me another three or four players who are not a million miles away from my thoughts.
However, his work with UK songwriting duo Soulsavers, comprising Rich Machin and Ian Glover, is a million miles away from the bombastic anthems of his band.
A million miles away from the reality of life for our own Royal Family, this E
shoes she's wearing but Gwynnie's clearly walked about a million miles away from reality already.
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