As the crow flies
An example is the great-circle distance between Key West and Pensacola, at either end of the U.S. state of Florida where the direct route by road is about 792 mi (1,275 km) and the direct point-to-point aerial transit path that might be taken by a crow is 524 mi (843 km). This also has to be at a straight line distance.
- Smollett, T. G., ed. (1758). The Critical Review or Annals of Literature 4. London. p. 68. Retrieved 2012-07-22. "This is the substance of Mr Keysler's last volume. In our extracts from it we shall take the same liberty as in the preceding, of travelling with him as the crow flies, passing over many places, and only stopping at those which seem best to deserve our reader's attention. [Emphasis added.]"
- Allen, G. (January 1886). "Fish out of water". Popular Science Monthly: 334. "They were traveling across-country in a beeline, thousands of them together, not at all like the helpless fish out of water of popular imagination, but as unconcernedly and naturally as if they had been accustomed to the overland route for their whole lifetimes, and were walking now on the king's highway without let or hindrance. [Emphasis added.]"
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