the distance walked by a condemned person from their cell to the place of execution.
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How to use last mile in a sentence
They’re expected to finish the very last mile in September 2021.Hundreds of People Are Section-Hiking the AT of Italy | Agostino Petroni | May 5, 2021 | Outside Online
We’re beginning to see the last mile problems, the ultimate delivery of a product to a person, which come with such an ambitious vaccination campaign.COVID vaccine distribution gets off to a shaky start | Sy Mukherjee | January 7, 2021 | Fortune
The New Jersey facility, PNE5, is a sortation center that takes finished packages from other Amazon warehouses and routes them to individual post offices and other facilities for so-called last mile delivery.Amazon closes New Jersey warehouse after spike in COVID-19 cases | Rachel King | December 21, 2020 | Fortune
That last mile — the vaccine’s journey from, say, centralized distribution centers to clinics and finally to patients — isn’t a measure of distance.The ‘last mile’ for COVID-19 vaccines could be the biggest challenge yet | Tina Hesman Saey | December 3, 2020 | Science News
It’s the last mile that could suffer the most during busy business hours or peak evening times, when everyone is home streaming video, playing games, or just messing around on the web.We're Online More Than Ever Right Now. Can the Internet Itself Keep Up? | Patrick Lucas Austin | March 27, 2020 | Time
The only thing that makes us wonder about this possibility is that the last mile of the race was dedicated to Newtown victims.
It is well to remember this, for otherwise the scenery of the last mile or two may not seem as fine as the first stages.Yorkshire Painted And Described | Gordon Home
The last mile of the road was splendidly hilly and well wooded, and on the banks were huge blue forget-me-nots.A Journal from Japan | Marie Carmichael Stopes
I had over-calculated my strength, and limped sorely the last mile or two before reaching Minden Cottage.The Adventures of Harry Revel | Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
I walked, or rather limped the last mile, for the very good reason that I could not longer bear the trot of my horse.Tales of lonely trails | Zane Grey
In running the last mile the odds were in favour of Mr Flint.The History of Gambling in England | John Ashton
Cultural definitions for last mile
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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