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A stone's throw

Posted by David FG on May 19, 2009 at 19:54

In Reply to: A stone's throw posted by Joseph Read on May 19, 2009 at 18:29:

: I have always been curious as to the origin of "A stone's throw", and appreciate the forum answers to this as being "a short distance" as in a "throw of a stone". But my question is why the apostrophe is used to make the throw possesive to the stone. Shouldn't it be "a stone throw" instead? After all, we don't say it's "a chip's shot" in golf, or a "short's walk" from here, etc.

But the difference is that in your two examples, 'chip' and 'short' are adjectives.

In 'a stone's throw', 'stone' is a noun. It is a throw of the stone.