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The French proverb "Faire d'une pierre deux coups"

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French to English translation

  • Translation : To kill two birds with one stone

  • Literal meaning : To strike twice with one stone

  • Register : Neutral - Basic

Pronunciation guide



  • IPA : / fɛʁ dyn pjɛʁ dø ku. /

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What does it mean?


This proverb comes from ancient ages when humans were hunting with rocks. We can easily imagine a man who killed two birds with one stone being thrilled about his shot, a.k.a: "Faire d'une pierre deux coups".

Nowadays, humans have stopped hunting with rocks, but still, we can accomplish two goals simultaneously. For example, by taking advantage of synergies between two targets, we can achieve both of them at the same time.

How to use it

Let's say you always wanted to visit Paris and you need to learn French. Why not killing these "two birds" with "one stone"?

By coming to Paris for a French learning class, you will make solid progress on your French while visiting Paris in your free time.

Then you could say: "J'ai fait d'une pierre deux coups" (I killed two birds with one stone)

Example in a dialogue with French audio


Tu as acheté des légumes ?

Did you buy vegetables?

Pas encore, et il nous faut aussi du lait

Not yet, and we also need some milk

Alors faisons d'une pierre deux coups.

Then let's strike twice with one stone

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