Definition of mileage in US English:



  • 1usually in singular A number of miles traveled or covered.

    ‘the car is in good condition, considering its mileage’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A study by the AA found that women tend to drive shorter distances, have lower annual mileages and typically drive more slowly.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The vehicles being replaced were three-and-a-half years old and had mileages between 56,000 and 90,000, the spokesman added.’
    • ‘Over the years I have always leased a vehicle, and huge mileages have been clocked up.’
    • ‘Private mileage amounts to 2,000 miles of total annual mileage of 16,000 miles.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But when they were sold in December and October 2002 respectively, the mileages of both cars showed around 65,000 miles.’
    • ‘The elegant blonde patrolled the showroom forecourt, pausing to point out low mileages and discuss engine capacity with a female customer.’
    • ‘In the case of the car tested, many drivers who have a fair amount of country mileage will easily achieve 50 miles per gallon.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Both reached record mileages with their engines, and were able to concentrate on chassis and engine development for the coming races.’
    • ‘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.’
    value, amount, quantity, area, length, height, depth, weight, width, range, acreage, footage, tonnage
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    1. 1.1usually as modifier Traveling expenses paid according to the number of miles traveled.
      ‘the mileage rate will be 34 cents per mile’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I have just found out how you make mileage expenses claims these days.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Later this year, it is probable that there will be a substantial increase in the travelling mileage rate from 38 cents to 60 cents.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘County councillors also receive a mileage allowance and overnight subsistence if they attend conferences or go on other council business.’
      • ‘Unlimited first-class travel within the UK is permitted as well as a mileage rate of 57.7p per mile for parliamentary business.’
      • ‘The increased mileage rate for players has also increased expenses.’
      • ‘And yesterday, the prosecution offered no evidence in relation of mileage expense claims he was said to have ‘fiddled’.’
      • ‘At present, he said, the mobile phone allowance was a fixed one and factored in to the councillors' 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.’
      • ‘Hospital kidney patients are allowed mileage expenses for trips to and from hospital for dialysis.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The players that show up aren't there for the glamour of playing for their county, or to collect their mileage expenses.’
  • 2informal Actual or potential benefit from something.

    ‘he was getting a lot of mileage out of the mix-up’
    ‘there is bound to be a lot of mileage for the paperback’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But voters don't really want to think of the consequences of climate change, and politicians see no mileage in alerting them to it.’
    • ‘There's a lot more mileage yet in this whole episode.’
    • ‘You can gain of lot of rhetorical mileage out of anecdotes that involve relatively small amounts of money and evoke emotional reactions.’
    • ‘Look at all the mileage the publication is getting!’
    • ‘There is no political mileage in talking about the quantity of funding for services when the public is increasingly interested in quality.’
    • ‘He pointed out that the circulars were aimed at gaining mileage in the general elections, as was evident from the advertisements.’
    • ‘I hope not, because if this actually happened, I plan to get a lot of mileage out of it.’
    • ‘Predicting an Irish property crash has been one of the most fruitless exercises of recent years but The Economist magazine still believes there is some mileage in the theory.’
    • ‘It's no wonder Brad Paisley's new satire song celebrity is getting a lot of mileage.’
    • ‘You will also get a lot of mileage out of a simple jersey dress.’
    • ‘There would be no mileage in not giving people that opportunity.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They get a lot of mileage out of their donations and are having some amazing successes.’
    • ‘Is this a PM that would turn up to the opening of an envelope if he thought there was some political mileage in it?’
    • ‘It is now only a matter of time before some bright spark decides that if songs from musicals can end up in the charts, there must be mileage in taking songs from the charts and putting them in musicals.’
    • ‘So, there may not be much political mileage in this one way or the other.’
    • ‘Most writers who display political badges, in fact, want to make mileage in the name of ideology.’
    • ‘Unlike his predecessor, he sees no political mileage in turf wars, or even pursuing different legislative agendas.’
    • ‘Simon Cowell has got a lot of mileage out of being rude to bad singers.’
    • ‘There's more mileage in this story yet, methinks.’
    • ‘There is no mileage in a government arguing that things can get better merely with the application of additional funding.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Horror films had been at it since the 1930s but the big change began in the 1970s, as executives twigged that there might be added mileage in follow-up stories.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So maybe there is some mileage in using them for non-English speakers learning English.’
    • ‘Fraser thought he had more mileage in him so began the fiendishly clever trick of having him pop up in the great historical moments of the Victorian age.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There may indeed be mileage in developing the church hall as a community and church facility in the centre of Eccleston.’
    • ‘There's no political mileage in any unionist leader going against that.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Would there be any mileage in having him play power forward until he builds up his upper-body strength?’
    • ‘There may be political mileage in values debates in the US, where people like to see their own moral views codified as law.’
    • ‘And with elections for local bodies round the corner, political parties are likely to try their best to get maximum political mileage out it.’
    • ‘Of course, whether The Guardian could actually make money from a digital edition is still up in the air but I reckon there must be some mileage in selling this as a service to other publishers.’
    • ‘There may be some mileage in developing electronic breath tests.’
    • ‘Of these, the latter two get the most mileage in the drama category.’
    • ‘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.’
    benefit, advantage, use, value, virtue, usefulness, utility, service, gain, profit, avail, validity, help, assistance, aid
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  • your mileage may vary

    • informal Your experience may be different.

      ‘as with all holistic treatments you have to keep doing them, and your mileage may vary’
      • ‘We were watching on a hypersensitive HDTV, so your mileage may vary.’
      • ‘In fact, truly correcting injustice against women will ultimately require doing the same for men But your mileage may vary.’
      • ‘In any case, these are just a few thoughts; use these numbers for comparison, your mileage may vary.’
      • ‘Every business is different in terms of goals, strategies, and finances, etc., so "your mileage may vary."’
      • ‘Unfortunately, some games work better than others, so your mileage may vary.’
      • ‘I personally don't favor the more visually experimental ones, but your mileage may vary.’
      • ‘Even a one-line disclaimer of "your mileage may vary" can keep people from losing their cool.’
      • ‘Depending on personal agitation techniques, your mileage may vary.’
      • ‘I like the music, your mileage may vary.’
      • ‘The visual delights of the opposite sex (your mileage may vary) are one of the great joys of life.’