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silver bullet

noun
1.
a quick solution to a difficult problem.
Origin
1930-1935
1930-35; from the belief that supernatural beings, as werewolves, can be killed with a silver bullet
Can be confused
magic bullet, silver bullet.
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  • If you're going to do something about climate change, there is not one silver bullet.
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  • First, it should be obvious by now that there is no silver bullet to addressing this systemic problem.
  • What's guided us from the start of this crisis hasn't been the search for a silver bullet.
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  • There isn't a single silver bullet solution to this complex problem.
Word Origin and History for silver bullet
n.

"very effective, almost magical remedy," 1808. The belief in the magical power of silver weapons to conquer foes goes back at least to ancient Greece (e.g. Delphic Oracle's advice to Philip of Macedon).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for silver bullet

silver bullet

noun phrase

A very effective, quasi-magical agent, remedy, etc: Stokovich looked on Kennedy as his ''silver bullet,'' his absolute best man/ No single silver bullet is going to do the job

[1808+; reflecting an ancient belief that silver weapons can conquer any foe, found, for example, in the Delphic Oracle's advice to Philip of Macedon, ''With silver weapons you may conquer the world'']


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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silver bullet in Technology
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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