A stone's throw away

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"to be a stone's throw away" / "to be only/just a stone's throw away"

Meaning: to be very close; not far

Similar Expressions
  • Our destination is a stone's throw away.
  • Our destination is very close.
  • Our destination is near.
  • Our destination is a hop, skip, and jump away.
When do we use it?

This is just a fun and different way to say that a place is near. We can only use this expression for places. We cannot use it with times or dates.

Basically, this expression means that a place is so close that we could throw a stone there.

How do we use it?

We always use this expression after a "be verb". The subject of the sentence is the place or location.
  • The store is a stone's throw away.
We can add "from…" after this expression to show that the place or location is close to. And we often add the words "only" or "just" to emphasize.
  • My house is only a stone's throw away from my son's school.
  • The hotel is just a stone's throw away from the beach.
  • My office is stone's throw away from my apartment.
Example English Conversations

A) How far is it from here?
B) It is just a stone's throw away.

A) How much longer until we get to the hotel?
B) Don't worry. It is only a stone's throw away from here. We will be there soon.
A) Great. I'm getting tired of being in this car.

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