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kryptonite

n.

fictional substance in the "Superman" series, where it weakens the otherwise invulnerable hero, 1943; perhaps from elements of krypton (which is a gas) + meteorite.

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  • If you buy a Kryptonite bike lock and it can be defeated with a Bic pen, you're not getting very good security for your money.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow