magic bullet
noun Date: 1940 1. a substance or therapy capable of destroying pathogens (as bacteria or cancer cells) or providing an effective remedy for a disease or condition without deleterious side effects 2. something providing an effective solution to a difficult or previously unsolvable problem <
a magic bullet to stem voter apathy
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