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as the crow flies


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  • adverb idiomatic In a straight line distance between two locations, as opposed to the road distance or over land distance.

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  • adverb by the shortest and most direct route


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  • When sailors were lost or unsure of their position in coastal waters, they would release a caged crow. The crow would fly straight toward the nearest land; by watching it, the ship's crew could get a navigational fix. The tallest lookout platform on a ship came to be known as the crow's nest.

    December 10, 2007