as the raven flew

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An idiomatic phrase, equivalent to the phrase "as the crow flies," which refers to the shortest distance between two places, a linear transect that avoids meandering turns and inconvenient detours often associated with following roads.

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"The Flying Raven, by Edouard Manet, ex Libris, 1875," photograph by Sharon Mollerus, is licensed under CC BY.

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