kill two birds with one stone

Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of kill two birds with one stone

:to achieve two things by doing a single action
  • We can kill two birds with one stone by dropping off the mail when we go to the grocery store.

Word by Word Definitions

kill play
  1. : to deprive of life : cause the death of

  2. : to slaughter (an animal) for food

  3. : to convert a food animal into (a kind of meat) by slaughtering

  1. : an act or instance of killing

  2. : a decisive act that conclusively secures something (such as a deal or win)

  3. : something killed: such as

  1. : channel, creek

two play
  1. : being one more than one in number

  2. : being the second

  1. : two countable individuals not specified

  2. : a small approximate number of indicated things

  1. : a number that is one more than one — see Table of Numbers

  2. : the second in a set or series

  3. : a 2-dollar bill

bird play birds
  1. : the young of a feathered vertebrate

  2. : any of a class (Aves) of warm-blooded vertebrates distinguished by having the body more or less completely covered with feathers and the forelimbs modified as wings

  3. : a game bird

  1. : to observe or identify wild birds in their habitats

stone play
  1. : a concretion of earthy or mineral matter:

  2. : such a concretion of indeterminate size or shape

  3. : rock

  1. : to hurl stones at

  2. : to make hard or insensitive to feeling

  3. : to face, pave, or fortify with stones

  1. : entirely, utterly

  1. : of, relating to, or made of stone

  2. : absolute, utter


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