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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 took a Lone Ranger gunslinging and storytelling act around the nation, doing 200 shows a year, reciting the creed to kids, handing out silver bullets.
He will venture to two more book signings this year, but he won't be wearing the mask, he won't be handing out silver bullets, and he won't quite be the Lone Ranger of so many years ago.
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Cress, a 1988 graduate of Royal High School in Simi Valley, and the rest of the Silver Bullets will be playing Tuesday at Lancaster Municipal Stadium against the Antelope Valley All-Stars, a team of high school seniors.
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In 1995, the Network sponsored the Colorado Silver Bullets women's pro baseball team with team profiles on "Perspective on LIFETIME" and an America On Line interactive hub.