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go the extra mile

go the extra mile in Culture

go the extra mile definition


An adaptation of a commandment of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount: “Whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain” (two).

Note: Figuratively, to do more than what is needed.
The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for go the extra mile

go the extra mile

verb phrase

To make an extra effort; do more than usual: It is time to communicate that. It is time to go that extra mile/ But for women, you have to go the extra mile to prove your credibility (1980s+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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