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magic word2

noun

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'

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  • In dangers, in afflictions, in all matters of difficulty, they have in their mouths the magic word bokte (saint).

  • A hearty pinch, and the magic word of the Caliph converted him into a stork.

    The Oriental Story Book Wilhelm Hauff
  • The boys were now thrilled to ecstasy with that magic word, a “holiday!”

  • Mr. Noah only had to whisper the magic word in his ear and up he flew.

    The Magic City Edith Nesbit
  • Then she bade good-bye to the fairies, and the prince spoke a magic word.

    Twinkle and Chubbins L. Frank (Lyman Frank) Baum
  • But what that magic word was the children did not know, though they asked often enough.

    The Magic City Edith Nesbit
  • If he could but grow those two together, shake them up, say a magic word and get a pansy both beautiful and large!

  • Please, I mean,' she added, and then she spoke the magic word.

    The Magic City Edith Nesbit
  • The worst of our magic word is that it works only once in a trick.

    Water Wizardry Arthur Ainslie
  • What then, in that letter is the magic word which is to work out such wonders?

    The Empress Josephine Louise Muhlbach

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