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silver bullet

a quick solution to a difficult problem.
Origin of silver bullet
First recorded in 1930-35; from the belief that supernatural beings, as werewolves, can be killed with a silver bullet
Can be confused
magic bullet, silver bullet. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Then he testified that he fired a silver bullet and wounded the defendant.

    The Witch of Salem John R. Musick
  • He thought of the comrades so dear to him, and he thought of the silver bullet in his rifle.

    The Border Watch Joseph A. Altsheler
  • Keep the pearls for your son's heirloom; all I ask with Rayonette is the silver bullet.'

    The Chaplet of Pearls Charlotte M. Yonge
  • Penny looked at the silver bullet in the palm of the masked man's hand.

    The Lone Ranger Rides Fran Striker
  • Meanwhile, instead of replacing the silver bullet in his cartridge belt, the Lone Ranger put it in his pocket.

    The Lone Ranger Rides Fran Striker
Word Origin and History for silver bullet

"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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