any further than I could throw it.

Pavel Pin

Senior Member
Telugu
Chief computer systems programmer, John McKittrick shows the commanding general Beringer, WOPR (The War Operation Plan Response), which spends all its time thinking about World War III.

Beringer: Gentlemen......I wouldn't trust this pile of microchips any further than I could throw it.

How is "further than" suits here?
How this phrase suit between "trust" and "throw"?

Source: Wargames (1983)
 
  • dojibear

    Senior Member
    English - Northeast US
    This is a standard,very old expression in English: "I would not trust <thing or person> any further than I could throw it."

    It means "I trust this <thing or person> very little, or not at all, or I mistrust it."
     
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