stone's throw


Definition of stone's throw

: a short distance lives within a stone's throw of town

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Examples of stone's throw in a Sentence

the cottage is a stone's throw from the beach
Recent Examples on the Web But the new planet, called GJ 1132b, is only a cosmic stone's throw from Earth, orbiting a fairly dim star, and appears to be a rocky world with an atmosphere. Calla Cofield, Scientific American, "Closest Earth-Size Exoplanet Found May Be a Venus Twin," 12 Nov. 2015 The larger-than-life statue erected in 1976 and located a stone's throw from the Capitol depicts Byrd with a copy of the federal budget. Sarah Rankin, Star Tribune, "Virginia lawmakers vote to remove statue of segregationist," 22 Jan. 2021 The shuttered plant is on U.S. Highway 52, about 80 miles southeast of downtown Cincinnati and a stone's throw from the Ohio River, which separates the Buckeye State from Kentucky. NBC News, "2 workers still missing in wake of Ohio power plant collapse," 10 Dec. 2020 Reflecting on things On an afternoon earlier this month, Heflin and I sat in his backyard, a stone's throw from Johnson Space Center, drinking a couple of beers. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "How a Thanksgiving Day gag ruffled feathers in Mission Control," 23 Nov. 2020 Despite modest weakness over the past two weeks, indicators including the Dow Jones Industrial Average and Standard & Poor's 500 index remain within a stone's throw of their all-time highs. Russ Wiles, The Arizona Republic, "How will the stock market react to the election results? Investors weigh in," 3 Nov. 2020 Others wrote to offer their expertise or labor to the church to restore the cemetery, which is located off Duck Creek Road, a stone's throw from the FifthThird Bank offices. Byron Mccauley, The Enquirer, "Black cemetery: Dozens have stepped forward to help restore it," 16 Sep. 2020 Tijuana, Mexico's famed red-light district, called Zona Norte, sits a stone's throw from the US-Mexico border. Natalie Gallón, CNN, "Americans are still paying for sex in Mexico despite the pandemic," 9 Aug. 2020 The announcement spurred sufficient outrage for Wade to book a flight to from his hometown of Jacksonville, Florida to Chicago's O'Hare International Airport — a little more than a stone's throw from the conference offices in Rosemont, Illinois. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "Seeking answers from Big Ten on decision to cancel fall sports, parents protest at headquarters," 21 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of stone's throw

1581, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of stone's throw was in 1581

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26 Feb 2021

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“Stone's throw.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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