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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.
Origin of magic bullet
First recorded in 1965-70
Can be confused
magic bullet, silver bullet. Unabridged
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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
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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.

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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]

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.
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