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last mile

noun
1.
the distance walked by a condemned person from his or her cell to the place of execution.
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Examples from the web for last mile
  • We park at the edge of a wheat field and do the last mile and a half silently on foot.
  • It should be stressed that gamers, although brilliantly, only completed the last mile.
  • The changes were made to maximize aerodynamic efficiency and eke every last mile from the battery.
  • Ice or deep snow sometimes makes the last mile difficult, and may require the use of skis or snowshoes.
  • The last mile of road before the trailhead is not plowed in winter.
last mile in Culture

last mile definition


The phrase used to describe one of the problems in attaining higher-speed, higher-capacity information flow to every household. It refers to the copper telephone wire that still carries information to households. The limited capacity of the wire slows data transmission even though it is possible to send data over high-capacity systems from anywhere in the world to within the “the last mile” (give or take) before the house. The use of cable technology, fiber optic technology, and wireless satellite technology are several of the solutions used to address this problem.

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