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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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magic bullet, silver bullet. Unabridged
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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
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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.
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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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