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magic word1

noun

a word expected to produce a magical effect or having special significance; the words of a spell

Word Origin

from a gag on Groucho Marx's "You Bet Your Life Show"

magic word2

noun

permission; that which permits an event

Word Origin

from a gag on Groucho Marx's "You Bet Your Life Show"

Usage Note

in the phrase '(say) the magic word'

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