silver bullet

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noun

a quick solution to a difficult problem.

Nearby words

  1. silver beet,
  2. silver bell,
  3. silver belly,
  4. silver birch,
  5. silver bromide,
  6. silver certificate,
  7. silver chloride,
  8. silver disc,
  9. silver doctor,
  10. silver fern

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 confusedmagic 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).

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