silver bullet

noun

Definition of silver bullet 

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

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So, if a Daphnia lives for 60 days while given a particular drug, is that a potential silver bullet or simply the water flea equivalent of human outlier, akin to his father living to 96? Karen Weintraub, BostonGlobe.com, "A doctor wages personal and professional battles against aging," 23 June 2018 So, if a Daphnia lives for 60 days while given a particular drug, is that a potential silver bullet or simply the water flea equivalent of human outlier, akin to his father living to 96? Karen Weintraub, BostonGlobe.com, "A doctor wages personal and professional battles against aging," 23 June 2018 So, if a Daphnia lives for 60 days while given a particular drug, is that a potential silver bullet or simply the water flea equivalent of human outlier, akin to his father living to 96? Karen Weintraub, STAT, "An anti-aging researcher faces the loss of his inspiration: his 96-year-old father," 20 June 2018 VPNs are good for privacy, but not foolproof and can be locked down themselves, meaning that students likely haven't found a permanent silver bullet in the war against doing anything in school. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Clever High School Students Are Using VPNs to Play 'Fortnite' in Class," 19 Apr. 2018 There may not be a silver bullet for every traveler—but there are platinum cards. Ryan Craggs, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Travel Credit Card," 2 July 2018 To state the bottom line clearly: The ability to pull carbon out of the air is not a silver bullet. David Roberts, Vox, "Sucking carbon out of the air won’t solve climate change," 14 June 2018 Natural gas isn't going to be a silver bullet for fixing the air quality problem. Annie Zak, Anchorage Daily News, "Fairbanks natural gas deal, meant to curb energy costs and air pollution, set to close," 12 June 2018 Even these agent defeat weapons are not a silver bullet for destroying chemical weapons. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "These Are Syria's Chemical Weapons. Here's How To Destroy Them," 13 Apr. 2018

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1806, in the meaning defined above

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silver bullet

noun

English Language Learners Definition of silver bullet

: something that very quickly and easily solves a serious problem

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