"kill two birds with one stone" is formal?

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Mlearner
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"kill two birds with one stone" is formal?

Post by Mlearner » Tue Jan 02, 2018 2:18 pm

Dear friends and teachers,

I wonder if I can use the expression "kill two birds with one stone" in a formal letter or not. In addition, I cannot understand whether it has a negative impression on the reader due to the word "kill."

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Lind
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Re: "kill two birds with one stone" is formal?

Post by Lind » Sat Jan 06, 2018 7:35 am

It just means achieving two things with one action, so it is not negative. It is quite an informal expression, so I wouldn't use it in a very formal letter like a job application.
Hope that helps.

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