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silver bullet

n.
1. An infallible means of attack or defense.
2. A simple remedy for a difficult or intractable problem.

[From the belief that werewolves could be killed with silver bullets.]

silver bullet

n
informal a simple and immediate remedy for an intractable problem
[C20: from the belief in folklore that a werewolf can be killed only by a bullet made of silver]

sil′ver bul′let


n.
a quick solution to a difficult problem.
[1930–35; from the belief that supernatural beings, as werewolves, can be killed with a silver bullet]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.silver bullet - a simple guaranteed solution for a difficult problem; "no silver bullet can make the world safe from terrorism"
solution - a method for solving a problem; "the easy solution is to look it up in the handbook"
Translations
Königsweg
特効薬銀の弾丸
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