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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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  • At times, while the detachment in the woods covered that last mile the firing ahead cropped up briskly.

  • During the last mile of her journey she had made up her mind what she would do.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • He walked 54 miles, but having only four minutes to perform the last mile, gave in.

    Norfolk Annals Charles Mackie
  • Major Veasey smiled, and we started on the last mile and a half.

    Pushed and the Return Push George Herbert Fosdike Nichols, (AKA Quex)
  • We ought to get there in an hour, since its only fifteen miles from here, and the last mile or so is on his estate.

  • The last mile or two her feet dragged, but it was from weariness and lack of food.

    The Torch Bearer I. T. Thurston
  • Blind instinct alone guided her over the last mile and up the lane to her own house.

    Chronicles of Avonlea Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • For the last mile or so we both walked and sent the baggage on ahead.

  • The last mile was run in 1:44¼, and the last half in 51¼ seconds, showing it to be a splendid race.

last mile in Culture

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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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