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noun mile pronunciation in American English /maɪl/
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  1. 1
    [countable] a unit for measuring distance, equal to 1,760 yards or 1.609 kilometers

    The walk is about ten miles and on level ground.

    The town is about forty miles southeast of Budapest.

    miles long/deep/high etc.:

    The peninsula is 13 miles long.

  2. 2


    [plural] a long distance

    They live miles from the nearest town.

    for miles:

    The beach stretched for miles in each direction.

    It’s one of the best schools for miles around.

    miles from anywhere/nowhere (=a long way from a town or other place where people live):

    We were miles from nowhere with no money or food.

  3. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    by a country mile by a large amount; by a long way

    This is her best film to date by a country mile.

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