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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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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]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
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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|Noun||1.||open sesame - any very successful means of achieving a result|
|2.||open sesame - a magical command; used by Ali Baba|
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