to kill two birds with one stone




Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - kill two birds with one stone

"to kill two birds with one stone"

to achieve two aims or goals with one action

 

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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - kill two birds with one stone

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  What are you doing this weekend?

Friend 2:  My volunteer group is going out to plant trees in that heavily eroded valley nearby. 

Friend 1:  That sounds like a great thing to do.

Friend 2:  Yes.  Planting trees accomplishes at least two major things.  First, the tree roots help stop erosion and second, trees help reduce global warming by taking in carbon dioxide and giving off oxygen.

Friend 1:  So, planting trees kills two birds with one stone.

Friend 2:  Exactly.



Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - kill two birds with one stone

Two marketing executives are talking ...

Executive 1:  We've got a big presentation this afternoon and we need to continue training our interns.

Executive 2:  We could have the interns sit in on the meeting. We could give our presentation and the interns can get a first-hand look at how things are done in the real world.

Executive 1:  Excellent idea. We can kill two birds with one stone.





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to kill two birds with one stone - Gerund Form:

Killing two birds with one stone is a very efficient way to accomplish two task with minimal effort.



THISIDIOM - Examples:

1)  ... the emergence of women in the working world and protecting their rights could kill two birds with one stone: it would give working women the security to have children and ...

2)  ... are losing weight right now, at this very moment, why not kill two birds with one stone? Why not work on your self-confidence with every pound you lose ...

3)  Fun events for entrepreneurs such as Summit Series allow you to kill two birds with one stone -- getting some valuable networking time in for your business while goofing ...

4)  ... for play advertorials have become a popular and effective way for publishers to kill two birds with one stone -- content is generated and revenue is made.

5)  They were also thinking, we kill two birds with one stone -- we get rid of a bad dictator, and get rid ...

6)  Well how about killing two birds with one stone, and combining the i.MX6 with a small and cheap programmable logic ...

7)  ... photos I want to use are on my iPhone, so I'm killing two birds with one stone blogging from it that I don't have to email the photos ...

8)  In creating this civilian conservation corps we are killing two birds with one stone. We are clearly enhancing the value of our natural resources and ...

9)  ... growth why not try something rational - like building the green economy - killing two birds with one stone?

10)  ... does look like a neat way of killing two birds with one stone. Going part-time after having children works out fine for some ...

11)  ... school reader homework to her two little sisters for their story-time! Definitely kills two birds with one stone!

12)  This will help you use less paper and help the planet. This kills two birds with one stone: you save energy and encourage businesses with whom you correspond to ...

13)  ... we have such a hard time getting rid of paint, and this kills two birds with one stone. It keeps the paint out of the landfills and it also ...

14)  ... and the move to allow Taiwan to become a yuan hub obviously kills two birds with one stone. It will not only boost offshore yuan internationalization but also do ...

15)  I see no change coming because under the current setup, CCM kills two birds with one stone in terms of costs and political promotion.

16)  They could have even killed two birds with one stone and constructed a hydro as part of that dam, but no ...

17)  There, you just killed two birds with one stone! Re-blog, Guest Blog and Promote that Blog!

18)  You then, as the saying is, killed two birds with one stone; in the process of giving him what he deserved you set ...

19)  ... it's a plus, killed two birds with one stone. control my cycle AND saved your $$ money in taxes ...

20)  ... for by this means I killed two birds with one stone "; meaning that he had both thumped the baker and murdered ...