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open sesame

noun
1.
any marvelously effective means for bringing about a desired result:
Wealth is the open sesame to happiness.
Origin of open sesame
1785-1795
1785-95; from the use of these words by Ali Baba to open the door of the robbers' den
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  • On the contrary, the possession of wealth or of talent is the open sesame to the most refined and cultured circles.

  • English is the open sesame of life in English-speaking countries.

    The New Education Scott Nearing
  • Gold—that magic "open sesame" to every heart—procured him ready and willing attention.

    A Dreadful Temptation Mrs. Alex. McVeigh Miller
  • Here it is condition, and not color, wealth and position, the "open sesame."

    Shadow and Light Mifflin Wistar Gibbs
  • We came, carrying with us letters from friends in England, that were an open sesame to the most jealously barred doors.

    What Answer? Anna E. Dickinson
  • Faith is no open sesame to right-doing, much less is it the secret of success.

    First and Last Things H. G. Wells
  • It appears to be a kind of picklock, an open sesame, Tanner—Tawno!

    Lavengro George Borrow
  • Once learn the key, and it discloses everything, like an open sesame.

    Hilda Wade Grant Allen
  • The works of Jean Paul require no praise from the hands of the reviewer; his name is a true 'open sesame' to all hearts.

  • As the short afternoon fell he started off to cry "open sesame."

    Poachers and Poaching John Watson
British Dictionary definitions for open sesame

open sesame

noun
1.
a very successful means of achieving a result
Word Origin
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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