magic bullet


: a substance or therapy capable of destroying pathogens (such as bacteria or cancer cells) or providing an effective remedy for a disease or condition without deleterious side effects
: something providing an effective solution to a difficult or previously unsolvable problem
a magic bullet to stem voter apathy

Examples of magic bullet in a Sentence

There is no magic bullet to fix our educational system.
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Word History

First Known Use

1940, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of magic bullet was in 1940

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“Magic bullet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

magic bullet

mag·​ic bul·​let ˈmaj-ik-ˈbu̇l-ət How to pronounce magic bullet (audio)
: a substance or therapy capable of destroying pathogenic agents (as bacteria or cancer cells) or providing a remedy for a disease or condition without deleterious side effects

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