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to go the extra mile


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Choose the correct definition a, b or c.

a) to walk or drive too far

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b) to take a long time to do something

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c) to make more effort

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If someone goes the extra mile, they make more effort than is expected of them.

French translation

faire un effort supplémentaire

How NOT to translate : *faire le mile de plus

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Examples in context

‘Secretary of State Theresa Villiers urges politicians to go the extra mile in talks.

Theresa Villiers called on politicians to show strong leadership in the coming days, as discussions enter their ninth week.

The talks concern disputes on flags, parades, the past and welfare reform.

Ms Villiers said the credibility and effectiveness of the devolved institutions was on the line.

BBC News, 9th December 2014

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’Ajax waste chance to go top

Ajax Amsterdam’s surge towards the top of the Dutch championship table was checked surprisingly at ADO Den Haag on Sunday as the champions were pegged back by a late equaliser from the prolific Michiel Kramer in a 1-1 draw. ADO traditionally go the extra mile to thwart their Amsterdam rivals and again succeeded in denting Ajax’s title aspirations with Kramer’s 85th minute goal, his 10th of the season to cement his status as the league’s top scorer.’

The Daily Mail, 30th November 2014

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Everyday usage

The staff at the hotel really went the extra mile to make sure we enjoyed our stay.

I believe that we still can and should go the extra mile to ensure the completion of a round that is truly about development.


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