second mile

noun

Definition of second mile

: a deed of charity or kindness beyond the demands of duty used chiefly in the phrase go the second mile
  • employee benefits which go the second mile in human relations of this type
  • Think

There's more!

Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!
Already a subscriber? Log in.

Origin and Etymology of second mile

so called from the precept of Jesus in Matthew 5:41 (Revised Standard Version) “if any one forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles”


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up second mile? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!