What is the meaning of the following sentence?

Japan is about as far as you could get from Roseburg, Oregon, the farm town where she was born.

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I think it means: Japan is as far as possible from Oregon. Japan is very far from Oregon. You can't get farther from that town if you're in Japan.


Not literally as far away as one can get, but a figure of speech meaning it was a long ways away, either in straight mileage, or perhaps financially, or otherwise unachievable for other reasons.

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