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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Stop looking for the silver bullet In Los Angeles, architects are exploring how accessory dwelling units (ADUs) can increase the availability of affordable homes through context-appropriate density in single-family neighborhoods. Diana Budds, Curbed, "3 ways architects can improve social equity," 8 Nov. 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 One Missile, Gently Used The Brimstone is hardly a war-winning silver bullet; a handful of RAF Tornadoes with these missles are unlikely to turn the tide in Syria. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "The U.K. Will Attack ISIS With a Missile the U.S. Could Only Dream Of," 4 Dec. 2015 Like everything, there is no one silver bullet solution to the challenge. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "A military expert explains why social media is the new battlefield," 12 Oct. 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 The collective-gravity hypothesis isn't a silver bullet, however. Nola Taylor Redd, Space.com, "No Need for Planet Nine? Small Objects' Gravity Could Explain Weird Orbits," 5 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 Could this be the silver bullet to solve Sacramento’s gang problems? Anita Chabria, sacbee, "The man in charge of Sacramento's new anti-gun violence program was once a shooter himself," 29 May 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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