The meaning of – Kill two birds with one stone

WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
If you complete two tasks with one action you are killing two birds with one stone.
If you can use this English expression correctly, your speaking will sound very natural! Find out how to use it below.

FOR EXAMPLE
Perhaps it’s your grandmother’s birthday on Friday and you’ve bought a birthday card for her. She lives next to a supermarket and you need some food so you decide to drop the card through her letterbox (saving on postage!) and then go food shopping. You ‘kill two birds with one stone’.
Perhaps you have some old furniture in your attic which is taking up precious space. You sell it on ebay and make enough money to pay for a weekend away. Now you have space in your attic and money in your pocket. You have ‘killed two birds with one stone’.

HOW CAN I USE IT?
You say to your mum “Let’s get the food from that supermarket near Grandma’s and we can drop the birthday card off on route. That way we can kill two birds with one stone!”
You say to your friend “I got rid of that old furniture and made some money. Two birds with one stone, hey!”

CHALLENGE
Do you think you could make your own examples…..? Have a try and add your ideas to my comments 🙂

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Nicki is a Cambridge qualified, experienced English teacher for foreign learners. She loves helping English learners to learn real English and communicate with confidence!

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