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open sesame

noun
1.
any marvelously effective means for bringing about a desired result:
Wealth is the open sesame to happiness.
Origin of open sesame
1785-1795
First recorded in 1785-95; from the use of these words by Ali Baba to open the door of the robbers' den
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Examples from the Web for open sesame
Historical Examples
  • Co-operation is the open sesame to the economic life of the future.

    England and Germany Emile Joseph Dillon
  • There was always an open sesame to the cookie jar and the apple barrel.

    David Dunne

    Belle Kanaris Maniates
  • Through suffering we have learned the open sesame to the hearts of each other.

  • It appears to be a kind of picklock, an open sesame, Tanner—Tawno!

    Lavengro George Borrow
  • The name of Bigot she regarded as the open sesame to all greatness.

    The Golden Dog William Kirby
  • English is the open sesame of life in English-speaking countries.

    The New Education Scott Nearing
  • That word interprets all; it is the open sesame which throws wide the portals.

    The Youth of Jefferson J. E. Cooke.
  • He has what all desire, the “open sesame” which clears the way to the ship.

    A Padre in France George A. Birmingham
  • Here it is condition, and not color, wealth and position, the "open sesame."

    Shadow and Light

    Mifflin Wistar Gibbs
  • He was not obliged to say "open sesame," but he could say it if he liked, if he was showing it off to anybody!

British Dictionary definitions for open sesame

open sesame

noun
1.
a very successful means of achieving a result
Word Origin
from the magical words used by Ali Baba in The Arabian Nights' Entertainments to open the door of the robbers' den
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