as the crow flies

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From the fact that while crows fly to their source of food, their flight bypasses obstacles like rivers and terrain. Compare beeline.

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as the crow flies (not comparable)

  1. (idiomatic) In a straight line distance between two locations, as opposed to the road distance or over land distance.
    It is 15 kilometers as the crow flies.
    • 2020 April 22, Barry Doe, “Disappointed at lack of information on LNER website”, in Rail, page 65:
      Then it told me the distance between the two is 331 miles, which is totally irrelevant as that's as the crow flies and not the 393 miles of the rail route.

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