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magic word2


permission; that which permits an event

Word Origin

from a gag on Groucho Marx's "You Bet Your Life Show"

Usage Note

in the phrase '(say) the magic word''s 21st Century Lexicon
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  • Mr. Noah only had to whisper the magic word in his ear and up he flew.

    The Magic City Edith Nesbit
  • But what that magic word was the children did not know, though they asked often enough.

    The Magic City Edith Nesbit
  • Please, I mean,' she added, and then she spoke the magic word.

    The Magic City Edith Nesbit
  • A hearty pinch, and the magic word of the Caliph converted him into a stork.

    The Oriental Story Book Wilhelm Hauff
  • If only, when he got back there he could think of the compelling, the magic word!

    The Magic World Edith Nesbit
  • What were these privations compared to that magic word Change?

    A Modern Chronicle, Complete Winston Churchill
  • What then, in that letter is the magic word which is to work out such wonders?

    The Empress Josephine Louise Muhlbach
  • The lieutenant, you see, had taught me a magic word—My country!

  • Johannes also heard the blue calling him; but what the magic word was he could not guess.

    The Quest Frederik van Eeden
  • The magic word Ingiliz, however, proved a veritable Open Sesame.

    The Cradle of Mankind W.A. Wigram

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