kill two birds with one stone

“Kill two birds with one stone!”

WHAT DOES ‘KILL TWO BIRDS WITH ONE STONE’ MEAN?

If you complete two tasks with one action you are killing two birds with one stone.
English expressions like this are great and can make your English sound really natural (and impressive!) but it’s important to use them correctly else you will actually sound worse! Find out how to use this particular expression below.

LET’S LOOK AT SOME EXAMPLES

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 IN A CONVERSATION?

You say to your mum “I know, 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 “Did I tell you about my successful weekend? I got rid of that old furniture and made some money. Two birds with one stone, hey!”

ENGLISH CHALLENGE

Would you like to try a bit of writing….? Can you think of a time when you killed two birds with one stone? Let me know in the comments below 🙂

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