Also: To look miles away
Meaning of Idiom ‘Miles Away’
To be or to look miles away means to appear to be lost in thought, unfocused, daydreaming, not listening, distracted, etc. 1Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010.,2Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010.
This idiom is most often used when a person appears to not be listening and to be thinking about something else.
Examples of Use
“You look miles away,” said Jan. “Is anything wrong?”
“James, did you hear me? I said we need to replace the air conditioning filters again.” “Sorry, I was miles away,” said James.
Used since at least the early 1900s, this idiom alludes to one’s mind being in a far away place.
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