stone’s throw

stone’s throw

Usage:
a stone's throw away

Meaning:

  • a short distance
  • very near
  • very close to something

Example:

  1. His workplace is a stone's throw away from his home.
  2. The hotel we stayed in was a stone's throw away from the beach.
  3. Why don't you come visit my place? I live a stone's throw away from here.
  4. The shopping mall was located within a stone's throw of our house.
  5. I am searching for a house and I want it to be a stone's throw away from the river.
  6. We visit each other often; our houses are a stone's throw apart.
  7. The city center is a stone's throw away from here.
  8. In our city, the airport and railway station are at a stone's throw from each other.

Origin:
This phrase was seen in the late 1500s, but was not used much until 1712, when John Arbuthnot used it in The History of John Bull. Since then there have been many citations of the phrase.

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A stone’s throw distance is mentioned in the bible. So it’s an old idiom.
At that time stoning to death was a common capital punishment. Those throwing stones have to keep a certain distance so that the one on the other side should not get stoned. Moreover, stoning was enjoyed by people so if the prey dies easily, there is no fun.
Probably one can have some reference from the old Greek or roman literature.

- Kurian January 10, 2021

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