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Ali Baba

[ah-lee bah-bah, al-ee bab-uh] /ˈɑ li ˈbɑ bɑ, ˈæl i ˈbæb ə/
noun
1.
the poor woodcutter, hero of a tale in The Arabian Nights' Entertainments, who uses the magic words “Open sesame” to open the door to the cave in which the Forty Thieves had hidden their treasure.
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  • Ali Baba did so, and seeing a man, started back in alarm, and cried out.

  • Ali Baba and his son, shocked at this action, cried out aloud.

  • Fezziwig's ball, and the remembrance of the scenes in Ali Baba.

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  • And that will be the political end of Mr. Ali Baba and his dream.

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  • The same Ali Baba—once again in the den of the forty thieves.

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  • Now we perched about him listening with rapt eyes to the tale of Ali Baba.

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  • Ali Baba made no objection, and the invitation was accordingly given.

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  • One moment, said Ali Baba; will you not tell us what the story is about?

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  • Old Ali Baba had been sitting with his hands folded and his eyes closed.

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  • I laughed at Ali Baba's brother, but did not feel sympathetic.

British Dictionary definitions for Ali Baba

Ali Baba

/ˈælɪ ˈbɑːbə/
noun
1.
(in The Arabian Nights' Entertainments) a poor woodcutter who discovers that the magic words "open sesame" will open the doors of the cave containing the treasure of the Forty Thieves
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Ali Baba in Culture
Ali Baba [(ah-lee bah-buh, al-ee bab-uh)]

The title character in “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves,” a story from the Arabian Nights. Ali Baba gains the treasure of the thieves, which they keep in a cave with a magical entrance.

Note: Ali Baba opens the door of the thieves' cave with the magical password “Open, sesame.”
The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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