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noun

any marvelously effective means for bringing about a desired result: Wealth is the open sesame to happiness.

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Origin of open sesame

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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open sesame

noun

a very successful means of achieving a result

Word Origin for open sesame

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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