a straight shot 100 miles

Discussion in 'English Only' started by flowersophy, Aug 16, 2015.

  1. flowersophy

    flowersophy Senior Member

    Jiangxi China

    Does "a straight shot 100 miles" mean "100 miles in a crow line"? Here is the context of the expression:

    - This border, which is established by the Gadsden Purchase, this is a straight shot 100 miles to the Rio Grande.
    - It's amazing.
    - It's a pretty straight shot and then this flatland goes a long way.
    (Quoted from a documentary TV series The Desert Speaks)

    Thanks very much!
  2. Copyright

    Copyright Senior Member

    American English
    Yes. Or without the crow idiom, it is a straight line of 100 miles.

    Added: I came back to say "as the crow flies," not "in a crow line," which is amusing but unknown (until now). :)
  3. Chez Senior Member

    English English
    The phrase is 'as the crow flies' (in a straight line).

    I would say your interpretation of the text seems to be right, although perhaps an American would have a clearer idea.
  4. sound shift

    sound shift Senior Member

    Derby (central England)
    English - England
    Yes, I as a BrE speaker am not sure about the second part: If "a straight shot" means "as the crow flies", does "It's a pretty straight shot" mean that the actual route (on the ground) to the Rio Grande is pretty straight?
  5. WyomingSue

    WyomingSue Senior Member

    Cheyenne, WY
    The southern boundary of New Mexico was established by the Gadsden Purchase. The boundary line on a map is a straight line for about 100 miles west of the Rio Grande River. I don't know if you can actually walk in a straight line if you're on the ground. There's probably a lot of rocks and gullies and hills.

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