Posted by David FG on June 19, 2005
In Reply to: As the crow flies posted by ESC on June 18, 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.