Go the Extra Mile

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Meaning of Idiom 'Go the Extra Mile'

To go the extra mile means to do more than is expect or is needed; to make a greater effort than needed. 1,2

Examples of Use

"If you go the extra mile at work they just expect more from you without actually giving you any credit."

"I really went the extra mile on our anniversary this year," said Frank. "We had a great time!"


This idiom may be Biblical in origin. In slightly different wording, it appears in Matthew 5:41:

"And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twaine."

Twaine means "twice as much" or in this case, twice as far.

The modern wording and meaning were first seen in English in 1907. 2

1. Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010.
2. Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.

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