silver bullet

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silver bullet

Something that provides an immediate and extremely effective solution to a given problem or difficulty, especially one that is normally very complex or hard to resolve. The phrase is almost always used in a statement that such a solution does not exist. There's no silver bullet that will solve the homelessness crisis in this country. The way to make progress is through deliberate, logical discussions around the issue.
See also: bullet, silver

silver bullet

and magic bullet
n. a specific, fail-safe solution to a problem. (From the notion that a bullet made of silver is required to shoot a werewolf.) I’m not suggesting that the committee has provided us with a silver bullet, only that their advice was timely and useful. I don’t know the answer. I don’t have a magic bullet!
See also: bullet, silver
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He always left a silver bullet as a mark that he had victoriously fought against evil.
Providing a silver spoon is better than searching for a silver bullet.
Yet a disease that responds better to healing than fixing may not be an ideal candidate for a silver bullet approach.
Thus, it's not surprising that those looking for a silver bullet have turned their attention to medications as their latest hope.
Second, few in the malaria control business argue that DDT is a silver bullet.
A WITNESS who alleged he was threatened with a silver bullet by two members of the extended McBrearty family did so because he was devious, a former detective sergeant told the Morris Tribunal yesterday.
The photo of a Silver Bullet construction detail was selected for the home page "because it was interesting, unusual, and communicated craftsmanship and attention to detail," says Alpert, "and because it was not the typical photo of a kitchen, bath, or addition.
As late as November 17, 1991, Dan Quayle, appearing on ABC News' "This Week With David Brinkley," said: "There is a silver bullet out there that could help this economy and it's .