Definition of cure-all in English:



  • 1A medicine or other remedy that will supposedly cure any ailment.

    • ‘Shark cartilage pills are advertised as cure-alls for any number of ailments and diseases.’
    • ‘Chamomile tea has been seen as a medicinal cure-all for centuries, but only now have UK researchers found evidence that the herbal tea has real benefits in a wide range of health ailments from the common cold to menstrual cramps.’
    • ‘However, less than half a century on, the bubble looks set to burst on the golden era of cure-all medicine, with the disturbing news that the drugs designed to save mankind may instead spawn an epidemic that could destroy it.’
    • ‘It is supposed to be a cure-all herb that was created almost half a century ago.’
    • ‘In another age, he'd be selling his patent cure-all medicine from the back of a wagon.’
    • ‘But as popular and lucrative as cure-all patent medicines were in the 1890s, they failed to generate the kind of money to which his lifestyle aspired.’
    • ‘He had quite a complex set of ideas on how it could be done, and he did dismiss the idea that a single medicine, a single elixir could be the cure-all that would achieve that.’
    • ‘The Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906, which required truth in labeling, applied to established pharmaceutical firms as well as to manufacturers of patent medicines and cure-all panaceas.’
    • ‘But in October when the horse fell ill, he took it to a surgeon with veterinary skills to be bled - a cure-all for every ailment at the time.’
    • ‘It is legendary in its use as a magical cure-all and has been used as food or a remedy since time immemorial.’
    • ‘Education, supposedly the cure-all for prejudice, tends to lead individuals into more segregated life circumstances, as it is also often accompanied by higher income and more occupational prestige.’
    • ‘How did soy get its reputation as a cure-all for modern ailments?’
    • ‘Rejecting any and all such criticism is, in the world of medicine, similar to proposing a new cure-all drug that has no side-effects, but failing to produce any evidence that it worked.’
    • ‘Be aware of products or treatments that are advertised as a quick and effective cure-alls for a wide range of ailments.’
    • ‘However, this does not mean that antibiotics are a cure-all.’
    • ‘Historically, whey was considered a cure-all used to heal ailments ranging from gastrointestinal complaints to joint and ligament problems.’
    • ‘It's been a long time since I've had much faith in the sorts of drugs and herbal cure-alls that you can buy from the back pages of a magazine.’
    • ‘Of course they spoke of their brew as if it were a medicinal cure-all when in reality they produced highly refined and greatly prized moonshine.’
    • ‘Some marketers are promoting coral calcium as a cure-all for many chronic and serious conditions.’
    • ‘Once deciphered, the scrolls were found to contain the ancient Egyptian equivalent of a medical manual, complete with herbal remedies and cure-alls.’
    panacea, universal cure, cure for all ills, universal remedy, sovereign remedy, heal-all, nostrum, elixir, wonder drug, perfect solution, magic formula, magic bullet
    catholicon, diacatholicon, panpharmacon
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    1. 1.1A solution to any problem.
      ‘unfortunately, the new output circuitry is not a cure-all’
      • ‘There'll never be a cure-all solution for this part of it, as you never know what's going to break, but I guess all I can say is that people will be trying their hardest to avoid the crunch.’
      • ‘His move from outside linebacker was supposed to be a cure-all, allowing him to line up in a three-point stance and rush quarterbacks.’
      • ‘In health care today, technology often has been labeled as a cure-all for what ails health care facilities.’
      • ‘He is not against raising the people's standard of living, but he insists that economic solutions are not a cure-all, and that moral factors also need to be taken into account.’
      • ‘Of course, technology is not a cure-all solution as innovations that create economic growth simultaneously destroy specific jobs as new technologies replace older ones.’
      • ‘Privatisation has become a social echinacea, a mysterious healing serum being touted as a cure-all for everything from Medicare to education.’
      • ‘And he has advanced what he has come to know as palliatives and cure-alls to the many ills that have wrought havoc to our present education system.’
      • ‘When it comes to wireless, no one solution is a cure-all - it all depends on your business.’
      • ‘It's not a panacea, a cure-all for farm financial ills, or a guarantee of profit.’
      • ‘It is very easy to understand how someone may have taken, for want of a better word, a punt on a new product, in the belief that it is a magic bullet - a cure-all - and something from which he or she will make a considerable profit.’
      panacea, universal cure, cure for all ills, universal remedy, sovereign remedy, heal-all, nostrum, elixir, wonder drug, perfect solution, magic formula, magic bullet
      catholicon, diacatholicon, panpharmacon
      View synonyms