last mile

  1. 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

  • The only thing that makes us wonder about this possibility is that the last mile of the race was dedicated to Newtown victims.

    Boston: So Who Did It? | Michael Tomasky | April 15, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • In running the last mile the odds were in favour of Mr Flint.

Cultural definitions for last mile

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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