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    What is "silver bullet”?

    Yesterday White House National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice testified in public before the commission investigating the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

    There is such a sentence in the report of the testimony:

    “ She told the panel there was no "silver bullet," or simple solution, that could have prevented the attacks. “

    What is "silver bullet” and what is the meaning of it?

    Yumin

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    The meaning of silver bullet" is pretty much in the context.

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    A simple remedy for a difficult or intractable problem: “There is no single silver bullet or panacea that will solve all the problems of Bay Area schools” (San Francisco Chronicle, May 18, 1995).

    ETYMOLOGY: From the belief that werewolves could be killed with silver bullets.

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    T Guest

    oops..

    I thought silver bullet is the only sayin used to denote the holy bullet for killing some devils such as "Vampire" ...

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    I thought silver bullet is the only sayin used to denote to the holy utility for killing "vampires"..

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    Aren't silver bullets for werewolves?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Francois
    Aren't silver bullets for werewolves?

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    Yes, but I believe werewolves are imaginary creatures.

    :wink:

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    Unlike vampires?

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    Vampires are real.

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    I'm off to buy some garlic.

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