Open-sesame

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Open-sesame a form of words which makes barriers fly open—from the story of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves in the Arabian Nights' Entertainments
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Quotations

  • Sir William Osler
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    “Work is the open sesame of every portal, the great equalizer in the world, the true philosopher's stone which transmutes all the base metal of humanity into gold.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. openup, up; cf. Dut. openop, Ice. opinnupp, and Ger. offenauf.

Usage

In literature:

This proved his open-sesame.
"The Sport of the Gods" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
She was babbling in a low tone to herself, an open sesame to her mind, which Ransom hailed with a sense of awe.
"The Chief Legatee" by Anna Katharine Green
Admission to such an establishment was a sort of "open sesame" to heaven for the little widow.
"A Crooked Path" by Mrs. Alexander
Money may give you access to good society, but talent is always an open sesame.
"Little Journeys To The Homes Of Great Teachers" by Elbert Hubbard
Literary respectability was the "Open Sesame" to social rank.
"History of Rationalism Embracing a Survey of the Present State of Protestant Theology" by John F. Hurst
It is not wealth alone, neither is it genius, that affords the "open sesame" to Parliamentary fame.
"Western Worthies" by J. Stephen Jeans
Alas for those who have no open sesame to that collection!
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 16, No. 97, November, 1865" by Various
Not Aladdin's "open Sesame" could have been more magical.
"The Complete Prose Works of Martin Farquhar Tupper" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
My roc's egg had been the "open sesame" to Mrs Clyde's castle.
"She and I, Volume 1" by John Conroy Hutcheson
English is the open sesame of life in English-speaking countries.
"The New Education" by Scott Nearing
She knew, of course, there were few open sesames for her.
"Penny of Top Hill Trail" by Belle Kanaris Maniates
Lady Milton should have had it with her, but they are not very strict at Ostend, and I suppose her rank proved an open sesame.
"The Galaxy, June 1877" by Various
Who shall give us the "open sesame" to every heart?
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 16, No. 94, August, 1865" by Various
Instead of "Sesame," he said: "Open, Barley!
"Favorite Fairy Tales" by Various
Prince Potts is an 'Open, sesame!
"A Day's Ride A Life's Romance" by Charles James Lever
She had expected the name to act as an open-sesame, and it was not even recognised.
"The Daughters of a Genius" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
His name would be an open sesame to a great many Boston doors.
"Miss Theodora" by Helen Leah Reed
I've found the "open sesame," thanks to Kipling, and in a way I little expected.
"Mary Ware in Texas" by Annie F. Johnston
Purses, too, in those days were not of the "open sesame" kind popular now.
"This Man's Wife" by George Manville Fenn
Nowadays, the golden key is the open sesame of the doors of the bluest blood in England.
"As We Forgive Them" by William Le Queux
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In poetry:

Some lever that a casket's hinge has broken
Pries off a bolt, and lo! our souls are free;
Each year some Open Sesame is spoken,
And every decade drops its master-key.
"The Angel-Thief" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
And there were verdurous courts that scalloped arches wreathed,
Where fountains plashed in bowls of lapis lazuli.
Through enigmatic doors voluptuous accents breathed,
And having Youth I had their Open Sesame.
"The Sultan's Palace" by Alan Seeger
So soon he fell, there lie unfinished plans
By others misapplied, misunderstood;
And doors are barred that wait the master-key--
That wait his magic Open Sesame!--
To that assertive power that commands
The multitude.
"The Student Gone" by Hattie Howard

In news:

Magic Castle Open Sesame Membership.
Overtime brings the spectacle with 'Open Sesame.'.
Open Sesame for China's E-commerce Brand Alibaba.
Open Sesame or Opening Pandora's Box.
Gabrielle Scott of Bethel Woods, left, Cindee Baum and Jill Padua mark the occasion of the sale of the 10,000th bottle of Open Sesame Sauce.
Open Sesame for China's E-commerce Brand Alibaba .
(AP) — Elmo, Cookie Monster and Grover from "Sesame Street" have a new home near Washington as the National Children 's Museum opens at National Harbor in suburban Maryland, featuring characters from the show.
We might not be able to tell you how to get to "Sesame Street," but upcoming open call auditions for the long-running children's program could be your ticket.
CAR DEPOT * Used cars, Used trucks in Russellville, KY. Open Sesame Mediterranean Grill.
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In science:

SESAME will be located at the Al-Balqa’ Applied University in Al-Salt and will be open to scientists from any country in the region or elsewhere.
The world of synchrotrons
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