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[mahy-lij] /ˈmaɪ lɪdʒ/
the aggregate number of miles traveled over in a given time.
length, extent, or distance in miles.
the number of miles or the average distance that a vehicle can travel on a specified quantity of fuel:
the car gets good mileage.
wear, use, advantage, or profit:
She won't get much more mileage out of this old coat.
an allowance for traveling expenses at a fixed rate per mile:
His mileage came to $90.
a fixed charge per mile, as for railroad transportation.
Also, milage.
Origin of mileage
1745-55, Americanism; mile + -age Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for mileage
  • If you're going to be fanatical about something, there are worse things to obsess over than fuel mileage.
  • Reducing aggressive driving on the highway can improve your gas mileage significantly.
  • Stricter gas mileage requirements may be a headache for car manufacturers, but the aluminum industry views them as good news.
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  • Recognizing poor fuel economy requires that you have an idea of what your mileage should be.
  • Keep records on a calendar for your travel and mileage.
  • It has been so much accelerated by the mismanagement of perceptions for leaders to gain political mileage.
  • Converting an unused ladder into a drying rack lets you get more mileage from something you might otherwise discard.
  • One obvious improvement would be to raise car mileage standards.
British Dictionary definitions for mileage


a distance expressed in miles
the total number of miles that a motor vehicle has travelled
allowance for travelling expenses, esp as a fixed rate per mile
the number of miles a motor vehicle will travel on one gallon of fuel
(informal) use, benefit, or service provided by something: this scheme has a lot of mileage left
(informal) grounds, substance, or weight: some mileage in the objectors' arguments
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Word Origin and History for mileage

1754, "fixed rate per mile," from mile + -age. Meaning "a total number of miles" is from 1861.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for mileage



Profit; productive potential: Do they think there's any mileage in my idea? (1945+)

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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