open sesame
noun Etymology: from open sesame, the magical command used by Ali Baba to open the door of the robbers' den in Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves Date: circa 1837 something that unfailingly brings about a desired end

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  • open sesame — [ses′ə mē΄] n. 1. magic words spoken to open the door of the thieves den in the story of Ali Baba in The Arabian Nights 2. any unfailing means of gaining admission or achieving some other end …   English World dictionary

  • open sesame — any marvelously effective means for bringing about a desired result: Wealth is the open sesame to happiness. [1785 95; from the use of these words by Ali Baba to open the door of the robbers den] * * * …   Universalium

  • open sesame — 1. interjection Open up! 2. noun Any successful means of achieving a result, especially means that are magical or technical, or otherwise beyond the understanding of most people. He who can read a true book aright has an open sesame to audiences… …   Wiktionary

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  • open sesame — {n. phr.}, {literary} Immediate means of entrance, or unobstructed access to something. * /Tom mistakenly believed that his wealth would be an open sesame to the world of creative arts./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

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