silver bullet ExamplesWord Origin noun
- a quick solution to a difficult problem.
Origin of silver bullet First recorded in 1930–35; from the belief that supernatural beings, as werewolves, can be killed with a silver bulletCan be confusedsilver bullet Examples from the Web for silver bullet Contemporary Examples of silver bullet
In his New York Times column Sunday, Ross Douthat calls this sort of thinking the “demographic excuse,” a silver-bullet “fantasy.”
November 11, 2012
There is no silver-bullet solution to the chronic underemployment of early 21st century America.
September 2, 2011
Word Origin and History for silver bullet n.
“very effective, almost magical remedy,” 1808. The belief in the magical power of silver weapons to conquer foes goes back at least to ancient Greece (e.g. Delphic Oracle’s advice to Philip of Macedon).