Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

(stick/stand) out a mile

stick out a milestand out a mile
Meaning(s)
1) be obvious or make something obvious
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • bright colours stick out a mile
  • Analysis
    This idiom can be used when speaking about the noticeable aspect of someone or something. If someone sticks out a mile, they are standing out or very noticeable; usually because they are obviously different to others around them. Similar in meaning to 'stick out like a sore thumb'. It is a popular expression, used in social or professional situations. Note that there is no difference in meaning between 'stick out a mile' and 'stand out a mile'. They can be used interchangeably.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. Fred stuck out a mile when he left the house with his t-shirt on backwards.
    2. The Halloween party had a red theme, so when I wore yellow, I stood out a mile.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. I was just another employee in the company until I upskilled. Now my new talents stand out a mile.
    2. The product sticks out a mile because it is the only one on the market at this price.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. I was just another employee in the company until I upskilled. Now my new talents stand out a mile.
    2. The product sticks out a mile because it is the only one on the market at this price.
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