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.

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Neither Hulbert nor the study’s authors have a magic bullet to offer., "Millennials’ retirement prospects are grim, requiring action from political leaders now: study," 20 Aug. 2019 The negative-emissions, direct air capture technology isn't considered a magic bullet in the fight to prevent climate change, but one of many potential solutions that will need to implemented. Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, "Exxon Mobil invests in Global Thermostat carbon capture technology," 27 June 2019 Practicing mindfulness isn’t a magic bullet that eliminates all discomfort. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "The benefits of meditation when you’re sick or in pain," 17 June 2019 This reflects a realisation in Brussels that merging air-traffic-control services would not be a magic bullet. The Economist, "Air-traffic control is a mess," 14 June 2019 But Carol getting her own movie first will allow fans to get to know the character — her strengths, weaknesses, and spirit — beyond being the magic bullet to defeat Thanos. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Captain Marvel and the future of the Avengers, explained," 18 Sep. 2018 Research shows that no magic bullet will erase unconscious biases but there are steps to address and counter them. Elizabeth Bernstein, WSJ, "Why We Stereotype Strangers," 29 Oct. 2018 There’s no magic bullet—or magic summit—that will resolve the North Korea situation. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Donald Trump just pulled out of the North Korea summit.," 24 May 2018 Don’t bet on Atlantic City’s new casinos serving as the magic bullet to save the struggling Shore town, writes the Inquirer Editorial Board. Oona Goodin-smith,, "Philly police raid Occupy ICE camp, Atlantic City's culinary energy on the rise | Morning Newsletter," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of magic bullet

1940, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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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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