As the crow flies – English Idiom – Online English Lessons

As the crow flies is the shortest distance between two places: the distance an imaginary bird would fly if it flew in a straight line from one place to another.

Examples of use:

a) Q. How far is it to London?

     A. Twenty miles, as the crow flies.

b) It’s only about three miles to Padstow as the crow flies, but it’s ten miles by road.

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