magic bullet


Definition of magic bullet

1 : 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
2 : 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.
Recent Examples on the Web In this crisis, vaccines are a magic bullet for sale, and the US and UK have money. Stephen Collinson And Richard Greene, CNN, "America's next Covid-19 culture war is here," 31 Mar. 2021 The client or organization believes mentoring is a magic bullet. Palena Neale, Forbes, "Four Challenges Mentor Programs Face (And How To Address Them)," 12 Apr. 2021 There is no magic bullet to improve or refine corporate culture. Matthew Rolnick, Forbes, "Six Tips To Improve Your Corporate Culture," 11 Mar. 2021 Decriminalization isn’t a magic bullet, Tyndall cautions. Popular Science, "The war on drugs didn’t work. Oregon’s plan might.," 17 Dec. 2020 Second, the story is a reminder that white skin is no magic bullet. Lisa R. Pruitt, The Conversation, "The chattering classes got the ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ book wrong – and they’re getting the movie wrong, too," 3 Dec. 2020 But Mina worries people will see a vaccine as the magic bullet that will solve everything, with no need to do anything else. USA Today, "'A historic event for humanity': US reaches turning point in fight against COVID-19 as FDA authorizes Pfizer vaccine," 12 Dec. 2020 There’s no playbook or magic bullet or anything like that. Michael Ordoña, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Something malevolent is growing on the family farm in ‘The Dark and the Wicked’," 5 Nov. 2020 Could this be the magic bullet that makes restaurants live forever? Keith Pandolfi, The Enquirer, "Update: Details of stimulus plan for Cincinnati restaurants," 20 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of magic bullet

1940, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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4 May 2021

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“Magic bullet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of magic bullet

: a drug or treatment that cures a disease quickly and easily without producing bad effects
: something that solves a difficult problem easily

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mag·​ic bul·​let | \ ˈmaj-ik-ˈbu̇l-ət How to pronounce magic bullet (audio) \

Medical Definition of magic bullet

: 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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