English Idiom – A stone’s throw

Meaning – A short distance away from something. Not very far.

  • If something is a stone’s throw away the presumption is that you could throw a stone and hit it. In reality the actual meaning of this expression is suggesting that something is close, but the actual distance is relative to the context.

When could you use this idiom?

  • A friend is buying a house that is close to yours.
  • Somebody is getting tired of walking but you have nearly reached your destination.
  • You are describing how close your location is to something.
  • You are suggesting a local restaurant for dinner but your friend is being lazy, and refusing to walk!
  • “Have you seen Robert’s humongous new house? It’s a stone’s throw from Wembley stadium!”
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What is an idiom?

An idiom is a word or phrase that is not taken literally.  An idiom is an expression that cannot be understood from the meanings of its individual words, but has a separate meaning of its own.