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magic wand

Something that provides an easy or immediate way to fix to a problem. I wish I had a magic wand to get this house cleaned up before the party tonight. There's no magic wand to eliminate your debt—you just have to pay off a little each month.
See also: magic, wand

wand waver

1. In fantasy stories, a belittling term for a magic user, such as a wizard or witch. A wand waver like you is no match for the Evil Lord Grax and his army of orcs! I'd trust my blade over the tricks of some wand waver any day.
2. A performer who uses illusions as a part of their routine; a magician. I know some people sneer at me as little more than a wand waver, but I've had a real passion for magic ever since I was a kid. No, this guy wasn't your run-of-the-mill wand waver. He was making some truly impossible-looking things happen on stage!
3. rude slang A male exhibitionist who exposes his genitals to other people in public; a flasher. (In this usage, "wand" is slang for "penis.") I heard that one of the teachers was arrested for being a wand waver. A: "You be careful when you're up in New York City, you hear? The place is crawling with junkies and wand wavers!" B: "Chill out, Mom. You've been watching too much TV."
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wave a magic wand

To provide the perfect solution to a given problem or difficulty, as if by magic. If I could wave a magic wand, I would just make it so the pipe had been installed properly in the first place. But I can't, so we're going to have to make a decision about how to fix it. We can't just wave a magic wand and make poverty go away. It will have to be a systematic effort by many stakeholders.
See also: magic, wand, wave

wave a/(one's) (magic) wand (and do something)

To provide the perfect solution to a given problem or difficulty, as if by magic. If I could wave my magic wand, I would just make it so the pipe had been installed properly in the first place. But I can't, so we're going to have to make a decision about how to fix it. We can't just wave a magic wand and make poverty go away. It will have to be a systematic effort by many stakeholders.
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wave a magic wand

If someone waves a magic wand, they quickly and easily make things the way you want them to be. As much as I would like to, I can't solve all your problems by waving a magic wand. The fans think that you just wave a magic wand and you get money. Note: This expression is usually used to talk about things which are not possible.
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wave a (or your) magic wand

exercise an arbitrary (quasi-supernatural) power in order to make something happen.
2004 Trinidad Guardian It is not realistic to believe or to say that a UNC government would wave a magic wand and crime would dissipate.
See also: magic, wand, wave

wave a (magic) ˈwand (and do something)

find a quick and easy way of doing something that is very difficult or impossible; do something as if by magic: I’m sorry, but I can’t just wave a magic wand and solve your problems.If you could wave a wand, what sort of apartment would you really like?
A wand is a straight thin stick that is held by a person who is performing magic.
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wand waver

and wagger
an exhibitionist. The cops picked up a wand waver on Main Street.
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