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 typeThink

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History and Etymology for 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”

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