as the crow flies

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - as the crow flies

"as the crow flies"

by the shortest route;

in a straight line


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - as the crow flies

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Interesting that when Mildred moved out of her family home, she wanted to stay close by.

Friend 2:  Where did she move?

Friend 1:  She rented a house about a one-kilometer walk away, but its only about five hundred meters as the crow flies.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - as the crow flies

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  I hear that you are planning a trip to northern Mexico.

Friend 2:  Yes. We are going to drive down and then explore some of the rural areas by car.

Friend 1:  Just be careful when planning that you take into account all the mountains.

Friend 2:  What do you mean?

Friend 1:  Well, when you are looking at a map and you see a town you want to visit just fifty kilometers away as the crow flies, because of the mountains and winding roads it could be more like seventy-five kilometers of slow driving.

as the crow flies - Usage:


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as the crow flies - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for as the crow flies.

as the crow flies - Examples:

1)  Making for the lake as the crow flies, we soon lost any sort of trail whatsoever making our way through the ...

2)  Stauffer, marching a full mile and a half of the stream - as the crow flies. Considering the twisting turns, that's likely about 2.5 miles of spring ...

3)  ... which two points to measure and then find out the distance between them as the crow flies and distance when driving.

4)  Distances shown are 'as the crow flies' between the hotel and The Point - driving distances may differ.

5)  ... to Stratford, east London, is 12 miles as the crow flies and 14.6 if you're crazy enough to drive.

6)  Living with contradictions... 500 miles as the crow flies from my home to Amsterdam. 900 miles driving distance.

7)  Eastbourne is about eighty miles from Littlehampton, as the crow flies.

8)  This is often particularly important though defined in many different ways -- distance as the crow flies, distance by a safe route, catchment area, previous school attended etc.

9)  ... the school gate may also be measured by walking distance, rather than as the crow flies, so do check.

10)  It's 1,200 miles as the crow flies from my hometown in Indiana to my current home in Nova Scotia.

11)  Six miles apart as the crow flies, the two villages are separated by a variety of skiing terrain creating one ...

12)  It's not far as the crow flies, but enough of a climb to justify a picnic at the top and ...

13)  ... estates where journeys to primary schools are often short and easily walkable 'as the crow flies' but because the direct route is not possible the' round the houses ...

14)  Not that far as the crow flies, but on our back roads it'll take you a good hour and ...

15)  Understand the difference between distances as the crow flies (a direct line) versus true distance of travel.

16)  The secondary road goes as the crow flies. Normally close to the highway and still relatively direct but ...

17)  Straight line distance (as the crow flies), reflects the shortest distance between the two points across the earth's ...

18)  ... the average distance that each molecule travels (as the crow flies) from its starting point is proportional to the square root of the time ...

19)  ... 15 miles by car and 10 miles as the crow flies from New Orleans.

20)  The expression is "as the crow flies", and means "by the most direct route".