Definition of magic bullet in English:

magic bullet


  • A medicine or other remedy with advanced or highly specific properties.

    ‘there's no magic bullet, and we should just try to eat as varied and well-balanced a diet as possible’
    • ‘Even when things are going well, it's natural to become frustrated and wish for a magic bullet to cure your cancer.’
    • ‘And although there are ways to treat these patients today, we still don't have the magic bullet.’
    • ‘No magic bullet yet, but new drugs to fight age-related macular degeneration are near.’
    • ‘‘The new technologies that are changing our world are not a panacea or a magic bullet,’ Annan added.’
    • ‘With literally thousands of known medicinal herbs, everyone would like to find the magic bullet for a given condition.’
    • ‘The metaphors used for cancer are often military terms such as war on cancer, killer cells, magic bullets, and the need for patients to adopt a fighting spirit.’
    • ‘It's possible that one of the many new antidepressants now being developed will be the magic bullet you seek.’
    • ‘We are not presenting this as being a panacea, as being something that is a magic bullet for all medical conditions, but it is another option.’
    • ‘Is 30 minutes a day of aerobic exercise the magic bullet you've been looking for?’
    • ‘Unfortunately, when it comes to weight loss, what the public wants is a magic bullet.’
    • ‘We want there to be a magic bullet, an easy answer - something other than ‘eat less, move more’.’
    • ‘In the absence of a vaccine and a magic bullet against HIV and the disease it engenders, public health authorities had to develop a comprehensive prevention strategy.’
    • ‘So cancer is a very complex thing, there's a lot of different types of cancers, it's very hard to tackle them, and it's apparently much harder to find magic bullets.’
    • ‘He focused on prevention, lifestyle, and dietary medicine - not magic bullets.’
    • ‘The glycemic index is no magic bullet for dieters, says Wolever.’
    • ‘It's not a magic bullet, but it can delay or slow the progress of the disease.’
    • ‘The original magic bullets, antibiotics, are overused and losing their effectiveness.’
    • ‘They also have to buy into the notion of self care, rather than trust in magic bullets.’
    • ‘Even then, biotechnology's best chicken vaccine may not arm poultry farmers with the proverbial magic bullet.’
    • ‘Although hypnosis may have the potential to help with a wide variety of conditions, it's not a magic bullet.’
    solution, answer, resolution, way out
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