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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There is no silver bullet; To prevent more land from being converted into agriculture requires major improvements in feed quality and grazing management. Stephen Leahy, National Geographic, "How to feed the world without destroying the planet," 17 July 2019 Most are fairly private about their taste for blood for fear of getting confronted by people with wooden stakes, garlic, a silver bullet, or fire. Leah Hall, Country Living, "Fact or Fiction: Are Vampires Real?," 14 Aug. 2019 There is no silver bullet for the city’s congestion problem. Michael Fitzgerald,, "Come on Boston, let’s pick up the pace on building bike lanes," 10 July 2019 But as the virus spreads from the epicenter and threatens to explode across the region, the supply of Merck’s newly developed vaccine — once expected to function as a silver bullet — is dwindling, and likely to burn out before the outbreak does. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Automakers’ detour around Trump," 26 July 2019 Business groups don’t see TCI as a silver bullet to solve the state’s transportation woes. Jon Chesto,, "It’s true: Environmental and business groups are on the same page," 21 June 2019 Patients think doctors’ disproval of them is just a big master plan to hide the silver bullet. Essence, "Ask An OB-GYN: Will Detox Pearls Solve All My 'Gina' Problems?," 14 June 2019 The trio weighed implications, and overall, leaned toward interpreters, but none saw that option as a silver bullet. Cassie Owens,, "Philly judges discuss language access following study of court reporters," 5 June 2019 There’s no silver bullet to the affordable housing crisis. Diana Budds, Curbed, "Two senators are proposing national rent relief bills. Here’s why it matters," 10 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of silver bullet

1806, in the meaning defined above

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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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