Definition of silver bullet in English:

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silver bullet


1A bullet made of silver, used in fiction as a supposedly magical method of killing werewolves.
Example sentences
  • She looked closely at it and said, ‘Kind of like the silver bullet that killed the werewolf’.
  • You've probably heard about that bit of lore where a werewolf can only be killed by a silver bullet.
  • For the benefit of those unfamiliar with the habits of werewolves, it's revealed through this story-with-a-twist that they only come out at night, and can only be killed by a silver bullet.
1.1chiefly North American A simple and seemingly magical solution to a complicated problem: the Internet, like TQM and Re-engineering, proved to be no silver bullet an interesting characteristic of silver bullet productivity solutions is their tendency to be recycled every 10 to 20 years
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  • But I've got to tell you it looks at the moment very, very promising, that it could be you know, a sort of a golden bullet or a silver bullet if you like.
  • Destroying any insurgency is a complex, long-term task for which there is no smart weapon, silver bullet, or critical node that assures quick victory.
  • There will never be a silver bullet in security, just like there is never a silver bullet in any other line of work, but does that mean we should give up trying?

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Syllabification: sil·ver bul·let

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