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last mile

the distance walked by a condemned person from his or her cell to the place of execution. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • During the last mile of her journey she had made up her mind what she would do.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • Indeed, for the last mile he had uttered no pitiful comment and given no invitation.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • Major Veasey smiled, and we started on the last mile and a half.

    Pushed and the Return Push George Herbert Fosdike Nichols, (AKA Quex)
  • The last mile or two her feet dragged, but it was from weariness and lack of food.

    The Torch Bearer

    I. T. Thurston
  • For the last mile or so we both walked and sent the baggage on ahead.

  • He nodded, saying, “I have been watching their tracks for the last mile.”

    With Hoops of Steel Florence Finch Kelly
  • At the beginning of the last mile he was only about three lengths behind.

  • How effectively the stage was set for that last mile of our Black pilgrimage!

    The Cradle of Mankind W.A. Wigram
  • For the last mile or so the road was good, and thus we reached Rettimo.

    Three Months Abroad Anna Vivanti
last mile in Culture

last mile definition

The phrase used to describe one of the problems in attaining higher-speed, higher-capacity information flow to every household. It refers to the copper telephone wire that still carries information to households. The limited capacity of the wire slows data transmission even though it is possible to send data over high-capacity systems from anywhere in the world to within the “the last mile” (give or take) before the house. The use of cable technology, fiber optic technology, and wireless satellite technology are several of the solutions used to address this problem.

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