run a mile

run a mile

(Would) avoid (something) in any way one could. He says he's a great comedian, but I bet he'd run a mile if you tried to get him on stage.
See also: mile, run

run a mile

mainly BRITISH, INFORMAL
If someone runs a mile, they try very hard to get away from a person, thing or situation. Most men run a mile when they see a girl cry. These days most of us run a mile at the mention of plastic. He's friendly enough but he'd run a mile if I asked him out.
See also: mile, run

run a mile

used to show that someone is frightened by or very unwilling to do something. informal
1999 Chris Dolan Ascension Day She'll run a mile if you contact her direct. I'll do my go-between bit, for you and her, if you do the same for me.
See also: mile, run

run a ˈmile (from somebody/something)

(informal) show that you are very frightened of somebody/something: She likes him but she’d run a mile if he proposed to her.
See also: mile, run
References in classic literature ?
Young Jerry very well knew what it would be; but, when he saw it, and saw his honoured parent about to wrench it open, he was so frightened, being new to the sight, that he made off again, and never stopped until he had run a mile or more.
He would have liked to run a mile or two and jump a few gates.