magic bullet


something that cures or remedies without causing harmful side effects: So far there is no magic bullet for economic woes.

Nearby words

  1. maghreb,
  2. maghrebi,
  3. magi,
  4. magian,
  5. magic,
  6. magic carpet,
  7. magic circle,
  8. magic eye,
  9. magic flute, the,
  10. magic lantern

Origin of magic bullet

First recorded in 1965–70

Can be confusedmagic bullet silver bullet Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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Medicine definitions for magic bullet

magic bullet



A drug, therapy, or preventive therapy that cures or prevents a disease.

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