Definition of cure-all in English:



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

    • ‘Historically, whey was considered a cure-all used to heal ailments ranging from gastrointestinal complaints to joint and ligament problems.’
    • ‘In another age, he'd be selling his patent cure-all medicine from the back of a wagon.’
    • ‘Some marketers are promoting coral calcium as a cure-all for many chronic and serious conditions.’
    • ‘However, this does not mean that antibiotics are a cure-all.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘How did soy get its reputation as a cure-all for modern ailments?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Be aware of products or treatments that are advertised as a quick and effective cure-alls for a wide range of ailments.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Shark cartilage pills are advertised as cure-alls for any number of ailments and diseases.’
    • ‘It is legendary in its use as a magical cure-all and has been used as food or a remedy since time immemorial.’
    • ‘Once deciphered, the scrolls were found to contain the ancient Egyptian equivalent of a medical manual, complete with herbal remedies and cure-alls.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is supposed to be a cure-all herb that was created almost half a century ago.’
    • ‘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.’
    panacea, universal cure, cure for all ills, universal remedy, sovereign remedy, heal-all, nostrum, elixir, wonder drug, perfect solution, magic formula, magic bullet
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    1. 1.1 A solution to any problem.
      ‘unfortunately, the new output circuitry is not a cure-all’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘When it comes to wireless, no one solution is a cure-all - it all depends on your business.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In health care today, technology often has been labeled as a cure-all for what ails health care facilities.’
      • ‘It's not a panacea, a cure-all for farm financial ills, or a guarantee of profit.’
      panacea, universal cure, cure for all ills, universal remedy, sovereign remedy, heal-all, nostrum, elixir, wonder drug, perfect solution, magic formula, magic bullet
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