Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

by a mile

by a mile
1) by a large amount or great distance
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    • I thought it would be close, but we won by a mile!
  • Analysis
    A mile is a measurement of a great distance. When you say that something is better or worse by a mile it means that there is a large difference between one thing and another or that a great amount separates one thing or person from another.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. I thought that the match would be a close affair, but we ended up winning by a mile! I think the final score was 5-0.
    2. Danielle is a much better piano player than the others by a mile there is no one else who could play the solo in the recital.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. Tom proudly boasted that his coffee shop offers the best value coffee in Dublin by a mile.
    2. Laura is the most talented designer working here by a mile! It's only a matter of time before she starts climbing the ladder.
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