A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from September 08, 2007
Texas Mile (country mile)

A “Texas mile” is similar to a “country mile”—it’s a long distance. Texas is big, so a “Texas mile” would be something longer than your average mile.


(Dictionary of American Regional English)
country mile n
an indefinitely long distance.
1951 TN Folk Lore Soc. Bulletin 17.58 wTN, Long as a country mile.

1 March 1952, Helena (MT) Independent Record, pg. 8, col. 2:
Their nearest rivals are seven strokes behind, a Texas mile so to speak, and Bolt admits that “it looks like it’s between Jack and me.”

2 February 1953, Oakland (CA) Tribune, pg. D25, col. 1:
Spalding, incidentally, first was attracted to young Jimmy by his ability to demonstrate to the customer world that Spalding balls could be belted a Texas mile with Spalding clubs.

15 February 1957, Hammond (IN) Times, pg. 8, col. 5 ad:
“This whiskey’s best by a Texas mile. Sunny Brook whiskey, that is!”

Google Books
Maverick Gold
by Dean W. Ballenger
Manor Books
1977
Pg. 47:
...that rawhidin’ bastid came and Bass, who was a Texas mile from being a gunslinger, had the only defending guns.

Google Books
Counterfeit Cowgirl
by Heather Allison
Harlequin Books
1994
Pg. 20:
A Texas mile was obviously much longer than a New York mile.

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Taste Pure and Simple:
Irresistible Recipes for Good Food and Good Health
by Michel Nischan with Mary Goodbody
San Francisco: Chronicle Books
2003
Pg. 94:
I would never serve leg of lamb with mint jelly—in fact I would never have a jar of it within a Texas mile of my kitchen!

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • (0) Comments • Saturday, September 08, 2007 • Permalink