Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

(a) silver bullet

silver bulleta silver bullet
Meaning(s)
1) a simple, immediate solution to a complex problem
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    • there is no silver bullet that will solve that problem
  • Analysis
    This expression is usually used in a statement that denies such a thing exists. That is because 'a silver bullet' is something that is too good to be true - a quick and highly effective solution to what is typically a long-standing and hard to resolve issue. The concept therefore suggests something magical and mythical, not a realistic suggestion or course of action. It can be used in certain social contexts, but is much more common in a professional one. A similar phrase is 'magic formula.' 
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. The politician was acting as if his new proposal was a silver bullet that would eradicate gun crime overnight.
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. There is no silver bullet that will solve the problems affecting the company. It needs to be shaken up and restructured from top to bottom.
    2. Moving the entire business online is not a silver bullet. It can come with its own difficulties.
    3. I'm not saying that the adviser gave me a silver bullet, I'm saying that she provided me with a new and interesting approach to breaking into a new market. 
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