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magic bullet

1. A drug, treatment, or medical therapy that provides an immediate cure to an ailment, disease, or condition without negative side effects or consequences. Despite the amazing leaps in medical technology and knowledge, we're still quite a ways off from developing a magic bullet in cancer treatment. Beware any person or company trying to sell you a magic bullet for your health problems. If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is!
2. 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. There's no magic bullet that will solve the homelessness crisis in this country.
See also: bullet, magic

magic bullet

verb
See also: bullet, magic
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These awards not only speaks volumes about the Magic Bullet, but they are also a testament to the quality and effectiveness of our infomercials, all produced in-house by the same minds that develop our products," comments Homeland Housewares Chairman Lenny Sands.
Nigel Richards in a scene from ``The Black Rider: The Casting of the Magic Bullets,'' at the Ahmanson Theatre.
The Magic Bullet is sold in over 40 countries worldwide.
Still, one team of geneticists at the University of Alabama at Birmingham cautions in the July NATURE BIOTECHNOLOGY, "Claims of selective magic bullets need to be modest, though, because much remains to be known about the regulation of viral replication and how to harness it.
They've sold enough bun-rockers, get-fit videos and weight-loss products to build Alchemy into a $200 million annual company, but none sells as well as the Magic Bullet, which has brought in $250 million in sales in the past 17 months.
We don't have the magic bullet for this disease, so people have become more receptive to other concepts," says Boucher.
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Housing affordability isn't a problem that is going to be solved by a magic bullet.
The magic bullet works by targeting cancerous cells without harming any of the healthy cells around them.
However, it must also consider the two other major components contributing to the problem, as there is no single magic bullet to end homelessness.
Shuldiner agrees that the findings will not be a magic bullet and points out that diet and exercise remain important.
We're trying to put the 'magic' into the magic bullet of drug design," he said.