Why Is a Country Mile Longer Than the Average Mile and Where Did the Term Come From?

To “miss by a country mile” means you weren’t even as close as if you’d have only missed by a mile.

A country mile is an exaggeration of the 1,760 yards in the standardized English distance.

Rural roads in Britain twist and turn through the countryside.

why is a country mile longer than the average mile and where did the term come from

So although the distance to be traveled is a mile, the real distance traveled on a winding road will be considerably greater than “as the crow flies,” or in a straight line.

That’s why a country mile is considered a greater distance than the average mile.

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