silver bullet


Definition of silver bullet

: something that acts as a magical weapon especially : one that instantly solves a long-standing problem

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Recent Examples on the Web There is no question that post-cookies, there will be no silver bullet or easy fix. David Yovanno, Forbes, "The Cookie Will Crumble, But Authenticity Offers A Solution," 25 Feb. 2021 Vaccines shouldn’t be considered a silver bullet to accelerate reopening plans, said Becky Pringle, president of the National Education Association. Jennifer Calfas, WSJ, "Teachers Vie for Covid-19 Vaccine Priority," 18 Dec. 2020 Even if people do, the vaccine isn't a silver bullet. Julia Hollingsworth, CNN, "Coronavirus has been with us for a year. Here's what we still don't know," 28 Dec. 2020 But, unfortunately, the best way to do that with a silver bullet is to have the highest court in the land adjudicate it. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "Why Representative Mike Johnson Thinks That the Election Isn’t Over," 15 Dec. 2020 The play-action is not a silver bullet for struggling offenses. Jonas Shaffer,, "Ravens film study: Why a dominant first half vs. Jacksonville could be a postseason blueprint," 23 Dec. 2020 Every Android update announcement feels like one small step toward making the situation better, and nothing will be a silver bullet aside from blowing up the whole system. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Qualcomm promises three years of Android updates for its entire SoC lineup," 16 Dec. 2020 Initially, the hope was that contact tracing apps would be a silver bullet for contact tracing. Elissa Redmiles, Scientific American, "How to Fix COVID Contact Tracing," 7 Dec. 2020 Lim, chief of Bristol Hospital’s emergency department, is urging people to keep in mind that this is no silver bullet for COVID-19. Don Stacom,, "New COVID-19 treatment comes to Connecticut hospitals, but it’s in highly limited supply and helpful only to some patients," 19 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of silver bullet

1806, in the meaning defined above

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“Silver bullet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of silver bullet

US : something that very quickly and easily solves a serious problem

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