Idioms

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Idioms

go the extra mile

go the extra mile

Meaning:

  • to make an extra effort
  • try very hard to achieve something
  • to do more than expected
  • to make special efforts

Example:

  1. When it comes to weaker students, the teacher goes the extra mile to help them understand.
  2. I love staying at that hotel. They go the extra mile to make their guests happy.
  3. She is a very nice person and is always willing to go the extra mile to help others.
  4. If you are willing to go the extra mile at work, you are bound to get noticed and grow professionally.
  5. I was impressed with the way the customer service officer went the extra mile to resolve my problem.
  6. It is often required to go the extra mile in order to keep a relationship strong and happy.
  7. He’s not a very loyal person. I wouldn’t go the extra mile to keep him in our team.

Origin:
This phrase is an adaptation of a commandment of Jesus in the Sermon of Mount (Matthew Ch 5 v 41) : “And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.” Under the Roman Impressment Law, a Roman soldier passing by a Jew could order him to carry his pack for one mile. Jesus asked his followers to go two miles instead of one.

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