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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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Word Origin and History for silver-bullet

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

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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