from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A simple, trusty means of attaining a goal.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A charm or form of words by which barriers or obstructions may be opened and access or free passage gained.
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- noun Any
successful meansof achievinga result, especially means that are magical or technical, or otherwise beyond the understanding of most people.
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- noun a magical command; used by Ali Baba
- noun any very successful means of achieving a result
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
[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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Translating French Sésame ouvre-toi, in Galland's version of the Ali Baba story in the One Thousand and One Nights, apparently based on an oral Arabic source.
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