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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.

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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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