As the crow flies

What does "As the crow flies" mean?

Today it means: In a straight line, most direct route

Sailors would release a bird (maybe a crow) when near land and see which way it flies. Birds would head for the shore taking the shortest route. This made navigation a lot easier.

   

By SailingQuiz September 2019   Category: Nautical Saying              



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