- mile a minute, a,
- mileage ticket,
Origin of mile
Examples from the Web for mile
Then she managed to struggle a mile through dark, rainy woods.The 7-Year-Old Plane Crash Survivor’s Brutal Journey Through the Woods|James Higdon|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Each one seems a mile high, and the entire flight an insurmountable obstacle.
So I went home—we only lived about a quarter mile away—and I got on my bicycle and rode back, and he was in the donut shop.
The incident occurred just one mile from the Garner incident.Before Eric Garner, There Was Michael Stewart: The Tragic Story of the Real-Life Radio Raheem|Marlow Stern|December 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
At 11:00 a.m., a group of 40 young people, mostly teenagers, rallied at a subway station about a mile from the airport.
He had a selection on a long box-scrub siding of the ridges, about half a mile back and up from the coach road.On the Track|Henry Lawson
One mile from New Harmony, we were forced to alight from the carriage, as the horses would not draw us up a steep hill.Travels Through North America, v. 1-2|Berhard Saxe-Weimar Eisenach
Fine links at the top of the hill, not half a mile from the farm.Love Among the Chickens|P. G. Wodehouse
"A quarter of a mile further upstream there's an old wood-road," he went on, in answer to Fred's eager query.
“I thought so,” he exclaimed, when we had got about half a mile below the rapid.Snow Shoes and Canoes|William H. G. Kingston
Word Origin for mile
Old English mil, from West Germanic *milja (cf. Middle Dutch mile, Dutch mijl, Old High German mila, German meile), from Latin mila "thousands," plural of mille "a thousand" (neuter plural was mistaken in Germanic as a fem. singular), of unknown origin.
The Latin word also is the source of French mille, Italian miglio, Spanish milla. The Scandinavian words (Old Norse mila, etc.) are from English. An ancient Roman mile was 1,000 double paces (one step with each foot), for about 4,860 feet, but there were many local variants and a modern statute mile is about 400 feet longer. In Germany, Holland, and Scandinavia in the Middle Ages, the Latin word was applied arbitrarily to the ancient Germanic rasta, a measure of from 3.25 to 6 English miles. Mile-a-minute (adj.) "very fast" is attested from 1957.
In addition to the idioms beginning with mile
- mile a minute, a
- miles and miles
- miss by a mile
- miss is as good as a mile
- stick out (like a mile)