universal solvent

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u·ni·ver·sal sol·vent

a substance sought by the alchemists, and claimed by some to have been found, supposedly capable of dissolving all substances; sometimes, in a physiologic sense, applied to water.
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Second, we have to see what has been lost, dissolved by the universal solvent of indiscriminate choice.
Coursen ironically praises TV culture as that in which our dissatisfaction 'is easily dissolved in the universal solvent, another beer' (p.

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