as the crow flies


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as the crow flies

measured in a straight line It's only about 100 miles as the crow flies to great ski country.
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as the crow flies

if the distance between two places is measured as the crow flies, it is measured as a straight line between the two places 'How far is it from Cambridge to London?' 'About 50 miles as the crow flies.' Our farm is only five miles from town as the crow flies, but the winding roads mean we have to drive nearly eight miles to get there.
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as the crow flies

In a straight line, by the shortest route, as in It's only a mile as the crow flies, but about three miles by this mountain road. This idiom is based on the fact that crows, very intelligent birds, fly straight to the nearest food supply. [Late 1700s]
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as the crow flies

In a straight line.
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