by a country mile

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - by a mile

"by a country mile"

by a large amount;

by a great distance


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - by a mile

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: Well? How is the new system stacking up against the old one?

Colleague 2: No contest. The new system is faster by a country mile.

Colleague 1: How much faster?

Colleague 2: At least three times as fast.

Colleague 1: Wow. That is considerable. I guess it was a good investment.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - by a mile

A couple are talking ...

Husband: Have you received all the estimates on the kitchen remodel yet?

Wife: I have. The clear winner is Kitchens 'R' Us. They definitely submitted the lowest bid by a country mile.

Husband: How much lower?

Wife: About four thousand dollars lower than the nearest competition.

Husband: I would wonder about quality if the bid is that much lower than the others.

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by a country mile - Examples:

1)  The whole team is surpassing expectations by a country mile. They have gone well beyond that in terms of ...

2)  The media is missing this thing by a country mile: they see few obvious signs of rebellion and assume that the Tea Party is ...

3)  I had fun. Esme is the highlight, of course. By a country mile. I'm in love.

4)  ... this is only half the truth. It misses by a country mile the intensely social nature of our species.

5)  ... had a handful of ingenious ideas, my execution and timing was off by a country mile and I didn't always know how to explain things, ...

6)  The Chinese can match the Italians on quality, yet beat them by a country mile on cost.

7)  Today was not a great day, but it beats her bad days by a country mile.

8)  Missed the point by a country mile. Missed the whole concept.

9)  ... where the "audit" discovered the initial count was off by a country mile.

10)  But for me, it's been the best year of my career by a country mile. So why I would look back on that negatively now would be silly because ...

11)  No instant messaging, no apps, no calendar syncing. Not a smartphone by a country mile.

12)  Louis tells Jahmene that this was the vocal performance of the night by a country mile, and that he's a world-class recording artist who is going to the final ...

13)  It was the best week of my tennis life by a country mile and it was the biggest win of my life.

14)  ... and he's the best English goalkeeper by a country mile, no question.

15)  It's been the best year of my career by a country mile and I've achieved things I've never done before.

16)  Its definitely by far the best handheld gaming out there by a country mile.

17)  This year he has been the best driver by a country mile. Getting the max result out of each race ...

18)  One drunken clown even spat in our direction, though he missed by a country mile.

19)  I was out in the lead. Winning by a country mile. Until I ground to a dead halt. An absolute dead stop.

20)  ... the bike hire scheme broke all records by a country mile, 46,000 people on a single day, I believe