trust someone as far as one could throw him, not to/I wouldn't(redirected from trust as far as could throw)
I wouldn't trust (someone) as far as I could throw (them)
I do not trust that person at all. You want me to tell our plans to Jill? I wouldn't trust Jill as far as I could throw her.
not trust (someone) as far as (one) can throw (them)
To be very suspicious of someone; to not trust or believe someone. You want me to tell our plans to Jill? I don't trust Jill as far as I can throw her. The government is asking us to believe that they'll apply the new tax fairly, but I wouldn't trust them as far as I can throw them.
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trust someone as far as one could throw him, not to/I wouldn't
An indication of profound mistrust. This hyperbolic metaphor dates from about 1870 and presumably alludes to an individual too heavy to pick up and toss (in other words, not a small child).
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