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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

silver bullet

A highly accurate projectile of death or destruction. Sir Walter Scott may have been the first to use the idea of a literal silver bullet in Lockhart (1808), “I have only hopes that he will be shot with a silver bullet.” The term caught on in the first half of the 1900s because the popular western hero of the radio program, The Lone Ranger, used a silver bullet. During the Korean War an antiaircraft shell that hit precisely on target was called “silver bullet.” By the late 1900s the term also was being used figuratively, as in, “We’re hoping our new software will be the silver bullet to put the company on the map.”
See also: bullet, silver
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This refers to the statement by Mr McChrystal that there are no silver bullets for an Afghan win.
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Ian Crossley appears to have missed the point, which is that any energy "silver bullet" has to be self-sustaining or based on a renewable energy source that produces more energy than is required for its production (Letters, PE 13 August).
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However, our impatient and instant-gratification culture has continued to push for something quicker, something easier, to address alcoholism and addictions, some silver bullet to reduce the effort and cost involved in "fixing" alcoholics and addicts.
Whether it's how to prevent the next senseless mass murder like the recent Virginia Tech tragedy--the subject of this month's cover story--or fighting terrorism (let's fight them over there so they won't come here), or making peace in the Middle East (if only the United States would make a serious effort to get Israel and Palestinians to the table again), or solving cancer (with designer genes), or, of course, losing weight--we want the silver bullet.
Taking up their case, Baroness Thornton said: "The conclusions that Ofcom came to are inadequate given the scale and urgency of this problem." But she conceded it was not the "silver bullet" to solve the rising problem of child obesity.
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