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A stone's throw away

"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.

The more English idioms and expressions that you know, the easier it will be for you to have conversation in English. If you study these free English lessons about commonly used English expressions and idioms consistently, then over time, you will build a solid English vocabulary that will help you speak English fluently.

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