Definition of magic bullet in US English:

magic bullet


  • A medicine or other remedy, especially an undiscovered or hypothetical one, with wonderful 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’
    • ‘The glycemic index is no magic bullet for dieters, says Wolever.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, when it comes to weight loss, what the public wants is a magic bullet.’
    • ‘Although hypnosis may have the potential to help with a wide variety of conditions, it's not a magic bullet.’
    • ‘It's not a magic bullet, but it can delay or slow the progress of the disease.’
    • ‘He focused on prevention, lifestyle, and dietary medicine - not magic bullets.’
    • ‘Is 30 minutes a day of aerobic exercise the magic bullet you've been looking for?’
    • ‘We want there to be a magic bullet, an easy answer - something other than ‘eat less, move more’.’
    • ‘‘The new technologies that are changing our world are not a panacea or a magic bullet,’ Annan added.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Even then, biotechnology's best chicken vaccine may not arm poultry farmers with the proverbial magic bullet.’
    • ‘It's possible that one of the many new antidepressants now being developed will be the magic bullet you seek.’
    • ‘The original magic bullets, antibiotics, are overused and losing their effectiveness.’
    • ‘With literally thousands of known medicinal herbs, everyone would like to find the magic bullet for a given condition.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They also have to buy into the notion of self care, rather than trust in magic bullets.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘No magic bullet yet, but new drugs to fight age-related macular degeneration are near.’
    solution, answer, resolution, way out
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magic bullet

/ˈmajik ˈbo͝olət//ˈmædʒɪk ˈbʊlət/