Definition of as the crow flies in English:

as the crow flies

phrase

  • In a straight line.

    ‘Easingwold was 22 miles away as the crow flies’
    • ‘To him the barren mountains and sagebrush flats of Nevada's interior must seem like another planet compared to the green splendor of Lake Tahoe, though they are only about 30 or 40 miles apart as the crow flies.’
    • ‘The proposed site is eight-and-a-half kilometres from the airport as the crow flies, and it is first-class flat agricultural land with three rivers running through the site.’
    • ‘But we're only about 45 miles, as the crow flies, away from New Orleans.’
    • ‘Somehow this is all tied in to the treacherous mountain trails, where a mile as the crow flies can take twenty miles of switchbacks.’
    • ‘At the end of the day, we intend moving only 20 miles away, as the crow flies.’
    • ‘The headquarters of Hatteras Yachts is located in New Bern, NC, 90 miles inland, as the crow flies, from the cape of the same name that is notorious for its treacherous seas and numerous shipwrecks.’
    • ‘It was shortly after 8pm on December 7, a cold, dry, almost still night, when two emergency calls came through to Lothian and Borders fire brigade headquarters at Lauriston Place, about a mile as the crow flies from the fire.’
    • ‘Although this is only some 20 km. from Nîmes as the crow flies, the aqueduct itself followed a course of around 50 km., in order to ensure a steady gradient for the water on its way to the city.’
    • ‘The distance is less than seven miles as the crow flies, but is 13 miles by water, because of the twists and turns of the river.’
    • ‘By the time we reached Roman Road, only half a mile as the crow flies from our starting point, the bus was jam-packed full and sailing past the waiting queues.’