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open sesame

n.
A simple, trusty means of attaining a goal.

[From the magical formula Open Sesame, used by Ali Baba in the Arabian Nights to open the door of the robbers' cave.]
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open sesame

n
a very successful means of achieving a result
[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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o′pen ses′ame


n.
any marvelously effective means for bringing about a desired result.
[1785–95; from the use of these words by Ali Baba to open the door of the robbers' den in the Arabian Nights tale “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves”]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.open sesame - any very successful means of achieving a result
means, way, agency - how a result is obtained or an end is achieved; "a means of control"; "an example is the best agency of instruction"; "the true way to success"
2.open sesame - a magical command; used by Ali Baba
bid, bidding, command, dictation - an authoritative direction or instruction to do something
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These words seemed to be an "Open Sesame," for she soon found herself in the office of the President, Van Systens, who gallantly rose from his chair to meet her.
"And now," he exclaimed, remembering the tale of the Arabian fisherman, which Faria had related to him, "now, open sesame!"
Perhaps, in some remote unborn century, a more fortunate explorer may hit upon the "Open Sesame," and flood the world with gems.
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THEATRE Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves Young Ali Baba stumbles across an enchanted cave when he overhears the magic words that open it: "Open Sesame!".
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OPEN SESAME: Illyria will perform their open air production of Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves at Drum Castle on August 7
Let me repeat, ad nauseam, that the only open sesame to national development is to STRENGTHEN Local Government.
| On causing trouble in the Kremlin Once, when I was in Moscow, I temporarily mislaid my "open sesame" Kremlin pass.
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Al Ain City Municipality's events at Hili Fun City on December 1 and 2 will have a series of artistic and innovative performances, including the world premiere of the 'Open Sesame' show, which will be presented at the children's theatre; National Day rowing race off the shores of the Heritage Village on the Corniche breakwater organised by Emirates Heritage Club.

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