Definition of mileage in English:



  • 1A number of miles travelled or covered:

    ‘the car is in good condition, considering its mileage’
    • ‘Designed to get more people coming to Edington Priory Church and raise some money, the day will feature a quiz where residents must guess the total mileage Phineas has covered.’
    • ‘Both reached record mileages with their engines, and were able to concentrate on chassis and engine development for the coming races.’
    • ‘Fixed fees also have no impact on marginal decisions about whether to drive more or fewer miles in a year, since annual mileage is not related to the tax rate.’
    • ‘In the case of the car tested, many drivers who have a fair amount of country mileage will easily achieve 50 miles per gallon.’
    • ‘I should have run a competition to see how much mileage I covered in 3 days.’
    • ‘Average mileages for a 1999/2000 car should be around 60,000 miles, but whatever the odometer is showing needs to be verified by documentation.’
    • ‘They would say, like my partner, that because men drive longer distances and have higher mileages, it is obvious that they are exposing themselves to the risks of more accidents.’
    • ‘Indeed, for all the miles he covers in the course of a race, his weekly mileage would not be considered excessive by most club runners on a diet of 10k road races.’
    • ‘Cars that have high mileages in a short period are often company cars, so service histories are usually immaculate and it also implies motorway driving, which is less stressful on the engine.’
    • ‘Both drivers also covered extensive mileage testing various tyre compounds with Michelin.’
    • ‘The average annual mileage of a four-wheeled car was 9,200 miles between 1999 and 2001’
    • ‘Over the years I have always leased a vehicle, and huge mileages have been clocked up.’
    • ‘A study by the AA found that women tend to drive shorter distances, have lower annual mileages and typically drive more slowly.’
    • ‘Private mileage amounts to 2,000 miles of total annual mileage of 16,000 miles.’
    • ‘But for households with more than one car doing higher than average mileages, it is possible that families are paying more in fuel tax each month than their council tax or mortgage repayments.’
    • ‘The vehicles being replaced were three-and-a-half years old and had mileages between 56,000 and 90,000, the spokesman added.’
    • ‘The elegant blonde patrolled the showroom forecourt, pausing to point out low mileages and discuss engine capacity with a female customer.’
    • ‘As carbon dioxide production from vehicles is directly related to fuel consumption and annual mileage covered, the remaining fly in the ointment is the taxi problem.’
    • ‘From the time I passed my test until now I've covered enough mileage to drive to and from the moon about twice, around 900,000 miles.’
    • ‘But when they were sold in December and October 2002 respectively, the mileages of both cars showed around 65,000 miles.’
    value, amount, quantity, area, length, height, depth, weight, width, range, acreage, footage, mileage, tonnage
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    1. 1.1[usually as modifier] Travelling expenses paid according to the number of miles travelled:
      ‘the mileage rate will be 30p per mile’
      • ‘While the service has been restored in some cases, other families are being given a paid mileage allowance by the Department of Education to drive the children to school themselves.’
      • ‘The increased mileage rate for players has also increased expenses.’
      • ‘The company organised a scheme for the delivery of concrete through owner-drivers who were paid a fixed mileage rate.’
      • ‘The county council has introduced pool cars for business trips, and last year adopted mileage rates of 40p a mile for staff using bikes on business.’
      • ‘The business mileage rate for 2004 is 37.5 cents per mile, up from 36 cents per mile for 2003.’
      • ‘I have just found out how you make mileage expenses claims these days.’
      • ‘County councillors also receive a mileage allowance and overnight subsistence if they attend conferences or go on other council business.’
      • ‘He is to put a notice of motion to the Council calling for passes for all, pointing out they were cheaper than paying mileage expenses to councillors who opted to drive to meetings.’
      • ‘Hospital kidney patients are allowed mileage expenses for trips to and from hospital for dialysis.’
      • ‘Unlimited first-class travel within the UK is permitted as well as a mileage rate of 57.7p per mile for parliamentary business.’
      • ‘And yesterday, the prosecution offered no evidence in relation of mileage expense claims he was said to have ‘fiddled’.’
      • ‘Yes, councillors get paid a mileage allowance per mile while travelling on council business which according to the article amounts to about £40,000 a year.’
      • ‘The players that show up aren't there for the glamour of playing for their county, or to collect their mileage expenses.’
      • ‘This means someone travelling from Dublin to Cork on official business could pocket almost €400 in mileage expenses alone.’
      • ‘Their work is on a voluntary basis but mileage expenses are paid for drivers.’
      • ‘At present, he said, the mobile phone allowance was a fixed one and factored in to the councillors' mileage expenses.’
      • ‘Mr Willis acknowledged there was a possible economic case for senior officers with high mileage figures being provided with cars rather than claiming large mileage expenses.’
      • ‘Later this year, it is probable that there will be a substantial increase in the travelling mileage rate from 38 cents to 60 cents.’
      • ‘Training and on-going support is provided, together with a mileage allowance and out-of-pocket expenses.’
      • ‘IT51 allows for the payment of motoring expenses through a flat-rate mileage allowance system.’
  • 2informal Actual or potential benefit or use to be derived from a situation or event:

    ‘he was getting a lot of mileage out of the mix-up’
    • ‘I think there's some additional mileage in the yoghurt routine in how it is perfectly possible to make assumptions about people based on what's in their supermarket basket.’
    • ‘I hope not, because if this actually happened, I plan to get a lot of mileage out of it.’
    • ‘Most writers who display political badges, in fact, want to make mileage in the name of ideology.’
    • ‘It's no wonder Brad Paisley's new satire song celebrity is getting a lot of mileage.’
    • ‘And with elections for local bodies round the corner, political parties are likely to try their best to get maximum political mileage out it.’
    • ‘There is no mileage in keeping the site as some kind of unofficial commemoration of the riots and what they meant - it is time to move on.’
    • ‘There is no political mileage in talking about the quantity of funding for services when the public is increasingly interested in quality.’
    • ‘Of course, it is entirely possible that she is merely riding the current wave of unexpected publicity for her own benefit, and timing her statements carefully to extract maximum mileage.’
    • ‘Recently a philosopher with a profound interest in literature suggested to me that there is mileage in thinking about the difference between the way we tell another person about a poem and the way we tell another about a novel.’
    • ‘We never intended to tackle this problem, but it sure did get us some mileage in the presidential and congressional elections during the Clinton years.’
    • ‘There is no mileage in a government arguing that things can get better merely with the application of additional funding.’
    • ‘You will also get a lot of mileage out of a simple jersey dress.’
    • ‘His immediate instinct is to share his good fortune with the poor and there's much comic mileage in his attempts to feed the homeless at a pizza restaurant and push the cash through neighbourhood letter boxes.’
    • ‘He pointed out that the circulars were aimed at gaining mileage in the general elections, as was evident from the advertisements.’
    • ‘You can gain of lot of rhetorical mileage out of anecdotes that involve relatively small amounts of money and evoke emotional reactions.’
    • ‘They get a lot of mileage out of their donations and are having some amazing successes.’
    • ‘Of these, the latter two get the most mileage in the drama category.’
    • ‘Simon Cowell has got a lot of mileage out of being rude to bad singers.’
    • ‘It's not any more musical than his other work, but it isn't especially less so; he gets a lot of mileage out of it over five minutes.’
    • ‘Look at all the mileage the publication is getting!’
    benefit, advantage, use, value, virtue, usefulness, utility, service, gain, profit, avail, validity, help, assistance, aid
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