isn’t worth the powder it would take to blow him to Des Moines.

jacdac

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Lebanese
What does the bolded sentence below mean ?

Still in that same patient tone, Ollie said, ‘My brother Tom isn’t worth the powder it would take to blow him to Des Moines. I have never said as much to him, it would be cruel, but I’ve said so many times to you. Haven’t I?’
Source: The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King

In this scene, Ollie offered David a pocket watch and David declined it saying that this is a family heirloom.

I understand that Des Moines is the capital city of Iowa and that Ollie is mouth fouling his brother (is this the right way to say it ?). I wonder whether this is an idiomatic slang and what actually means.

Thank you
 
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