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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

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

magic bullet

verb
See also: bullet, magic

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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Over the eight-year history of The Silver Bullet Security Podcast, three special episodes have also been captured on video: Episode Fifty, featuring former National Coordinator for Security, Infrastructure Protection, and Counter-terrorism for the United States, Richard A.
A spokesman for the US Army's weapons-procurement command told the Southern Pverty Law Center's Hatewatch - a not-for-profit that monitors the evolving problem of online bigotry - that he was unfamiliar with Silver Bullet, though he conceded that a soldier or marine could theoretically purchase the oil on his or her own and use it on the battlefield.
Silver Bullet managing director, John Dias added: "We're delighted that Kerry is joining us at such an exciting time for the agency as we see market for our services not only recovering, but actually improving with a number of new account wins in recent months.
My goal here is to give you one tool that will help you be the silver bullet in your practice.
Silver Bullet will work with organisations to review and implement a suitable SAM programme tailored to the company's individual needs.
Second, few in the malaria control business argue that DDT is a silver bullet.
Of course, the very concept of a silver bullet implies that there is some nefarious revenant purposefully creeping through the halls of your office to suck the life and energy out of people and profits.
Yet "it's not a silver bullet," he says, since some pests are immune to the toxins--at least in the concentrations now made by rapes.
Silver Bullet Technology announced today the availability of a new tool for web-based check scanning applications.
and Silver Bullet have reached agreement for Burroughs to license its CAPI patent (6,546,396) for use in Silver Bullet's Ranger and follow on software product for use with tabletop scanners.
Hadar Lighting - part of the Ashington based A-Belco Group - have appointed Sally Jesson, a third year student at Northumbria University studying advertising management, as marketing assistant after close liaison with their marketing agency, Newcastle-based Silver Bullet Marketing Ltd.
Silver Bullet Marketing Ltd, based in the Ouseburn Valley, has appointed Jennifer Tate to work on the agency's diverse accounts.
The $16 million, Western-themed Silver Bullet also has them doing spirals, corkscrews and rolls - all at speeds up to 55 mph.
Everyone is looking for the silver bullet, but we're trying to cross disciplines and integrate physical, technical and organizational issues that are otherwise only being dealt with piecemeal," Klein says.