wave a magic wand

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.
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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.
See also: wand, wave

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.
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UNDER-PRESSURE Nathan Jones says he's "not Harry Potter" and can't wave a magic wand to suddenly right Stoke's wrongs at the end of what has been a miserable season.
Would you like to wave a magic wand and stop an angry skeleton from attacking you and your friends?
"But then you've got to find a replacement who's better and who will wave a magic wand. You've got to be careful what you wish for sometimes."
Every person has at least one aspect of themselves they'd love to Wave a magic Wand over and change for the better.
If you have ever wished you could wave a magic wand to instantly lift your skin and remove lines and wrinkles, then lift the years away with this wand.
If you could wave a magic wand and make your wildest dream come true, what would it be?
School chaplain Sven Bjarnason said: "I told the pupils I wish I could wave a magic wand and make it all go away, but I can't."
He said: "The ownership problems are well documented and I can't wave a magic wand and make them go away.
ROY HODGSON admits he cannot wave a magic wand to cure Liverpool's chronic bout of travel sickness.
I WRITE in response to Joyce Gascoigne's letter (Mail, July 29).While she feels my opinion and judgment are misguided as regards Labour policies past and present, I would assume she is staunchly Conservative or, like many who criticise hard work with some results, never vote but always moan and expect politicians to wave a magic wand if the right individual or party can be selected.
NEWCASTLE goalkeeper Shay Given has warned that manager Kevin Keegan cannot wave a magic wand to cure all the club's ills.
The US ambassador will tell Muslims in Birmingham today that his country cannot wave a magic wand in Iraq and make its complex problems go away.
"I wish I could just wave a magic wand and lower the price at the pump.
If I could wave a magic wand I'd wind back time and not be here.
Hearts boss Craig Levein wants to wave a magic wand but he'd prefer someone to give him a magic wad