ˈkyu̇r-ˌȯl How to pronounce cure-all (audio)
: a remedy for all ills : panacea

Examples of cure-all in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the parasitic worm has been touted as a cure-all by various ancient medicine traditions: It can be seen in Ancient Egyptian tomb paintings and traditional portraits of Dhanvantari, the Hindu deity associated with Ayurveda. Zoey Poll, New York Times, 16 Feb. 2024 Tamping down incivility and building tolerance for differences, as Keith and Colbert did, isn’t a cure-all for difficult work relationships, workplace cultures, or business performance. Jan Bruce, Forbes, 14 Feb. 2024 Not everyone benefits Still, remote work isn’t a cure-all. Tribune News Service, Hartford Courant, 14 Jan. 2024 The reality, Webster said, is that any single gun violence strategy is rarely a cure-all. Darcy Costello, Baltimore Sun, 1 Jan. 2024 And even time, as IU fans well know, is not always a cure-all against the 2-3. Zach Osterman, The Indianapolis Star, 5 Jan. 2024 The most notable change of these tumultuous years, the ability to spend more time working from home, hasn’t been a cure-all. Cal Newport, The New Yorker, 27 Dec. 2023 Still, light therapy is not a cure-all for every person with eczema. Karen Pallarito, Health, 18 Dec. 2023 The idea that breast milk is a cure-all might seem like an old wives' tale, but there's scientific research behind the results Williams is seeing: fresh breast milk has been proven to help with atopic eczema, diaper rash, and a collection of other maladies. Margaux Anbouba, Vogue, 6 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1801, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cure-all was in 1801

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“Cure-all.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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: a remedy for everything wrong
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