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as the crow flies

Definition of as the crow flies

  1. :  in a straight line <They live about three miles from here as the crow flies, though the actual drive is more like six (miles).>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  any of various large usually entirely glossy black passerine birds (family Corvidae and especially genus Corvus)

    :  a member of an American Indian people of the region between the Platte and Yellowstone rivers

    :  the language of the Crow people

  1. :  to make the loud shrill sound characteristic of a cock

    :  to utter a sound expressive of pleasure

    :  to exult gloatingly especially over the distress of another

  1. :  the cry of the cock

    :  a triumphant cry

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  1. :  to move in or pass through the air with wings

    :  to move through the air or before the wind or through outer space

    :  to float, wave, or soar in the air

  1. :  the action or process of flying :  flight

    :  a device consisting of two or more radial vanes capable of rotating on a spindle to act as a fan or to govern the speed of clockwork or very light machinery

    :  flywheel

  1. :  to hit a fly in baseball

  1. :  any of a large order (Diptera) of winged or rarely wingless insects (as the housefly, mosquito, or gnat) that have the anterior wings functional, the posterior wings reduced to halteres, and segmented often headless, eyeless, and legless larvae — compare maggot

    :  a large stout-bodied fly

    :  a fishhook dressed (as with feathers or tinsel) to suggest an insect

  1. :  keen, artful

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