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Country Mile

Posted by Lewis on October 31, 2003

In Reply to: Farmer's mile posted by ESC on October 31, 2003

: : Can anyone tell me what "a farmer's mile" is?

: Well, a "country mile" means a long way. Probably because of the winding, bad roads. But I've never heard of a farmer's mile.

It comes from rural folk giving directions - a country mile is usually much longer than a measured one - "You turn 'ere & go back a mile..."