Posted by J on June 24, 2005
In Reply to: As the crow flies posted by David FG on June 19, 2005
: : : : Can anyone explain the origin of the phrase "For/As the crow flies"-distance?
: : : It simply means "in a direct line, without having to make diversions for obstacles on the ground".
: : From the archives: http://www.phrases.org.uk/bulletin_board/18/messages/813.html
: Does anyone know why 'crow'? From my own observations, I am not aware that crows fly any more directly than other birds.
crows often gathered to feed on the remains of a battle, perhaps this is why this particular breed occurred to mind first?
another guess of course ;)