One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Achieve two aims at once.
- ‘His father-in-law had been trying unsuccessfully to sell a dilapidated house in Ilkley and the couple decided to buy it for themselves, killing two birds with one stone.’
- ‘Yesterday when I left work with the dog I thought I will walk through the green, killing two birds with one stone.’
- ‘An innovative program is attempting to kill two birds with one stone - help improve the traffic management in the city and integrate the disabled into society.’
- ‘If you haven't finished picking your currants yet, kill two birds with one stone by pruning them first.’
- ‘I like multi-tasking, killing two birds with one stone.’
- ‘Since this dovetails neatly with the office Christmas party, well, I figure killing two birds with one stone would do the job nicely.’
- ‘We have killed two birds with one stone by renting them; we get money and we indirectly advertise our bank to the department store's customers.’
- ‘Bringing employees up through the ranks kills two birds with one stone: It fills an opening with a proven performer and it provides good employees with a career path - and one more reason to stay.’
- ‘This would have killed two birds with one stone, combining a focusless programme looking for a theme with an ill-defined product looking for an identity.’
- ‘For the polling station at Great Langton, near Northallerton, was in the bar of the village pub, offering ample opportunity for killing two birds with one stone.’
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