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magic bullet

something that cures or remedies without causing harmful side effects:
So far there is no magic bullet for economic woes.
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Can be confused
magic bullet, silver bullet. Unabridged
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  • Besides complicating the refinery process, critics say ethanol-blended gas isn't the magic bullet to cut air pollution anyway.
British Dictionary definitions for magic bullet

magic bullet

(informal) any therapeutic agent, esp one in the early stages of development, reputed to be very effective in treating a condition, such as a malignant tumour, by specifically targeting the diseased tissue
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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magic bullet in Medicine

magic bullet mag·ic bullet (māj'ĭk)
A drug, therapy, or preventive therapy that cures or prevents a disease.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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Slang definitions & phrases for magic bullet

magic bullet

noun phrase

A miraculous remedy for some social, economic, etc, ill: We know no one chancellor has a magic bullet to turn the school system around

[1960s+; fr the name given in 1910 to salvarsan, formerly a trademark, discovered and proposed by the bacteriologist Paul Ehrlich as a cure for syphilis]

silly season

noun phrase

Any period when people do silly things, esp when these are reported in the news media

[1861+; fr a term designating the months of August and September, when Parliament was not sitting and valid and useful news was scarce, and the newspapers resorted to reporting frivolities and trivialities]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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magic bullet in Technology

(Or "silver bullet" from vampire legends) A term widely used in software engineering for a supposed quick, simple cure for some problem. E.g. "There's no silver bullet for this problem".

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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