the way the crow flies


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the way the crow flies

The measurement of distance between two points in a straight line. (From the notion that a crow is able fly in a straight line, in contrast to the circuitous roads and paths we must usually traverse on the ground.) From here to the office, it's about 20 miles the way the crow flies, but it's more like 30 miles by car since you have to wind around these mountain roads.
See also: crow, flies, way
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