open sesame

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n open sesame any very successful means of achieving a result
    • n open sesame a magical command; used by Ali Baba
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Open Sesame the magical command which opened the door of the robber's den in the Arabian Nights' tale of “The Forty Thieves;” hence, a magical password.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Open sesame the charm by which the door of the robbers' cave flew open in the tale of 'Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves' in the Arabian Nights
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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
Fr.,—L.,—Gr.

Usage

In literature:

To like him was an open sesame to heart and confidence.
"Janet of the Dunes" by Harriet T. Comstock
That word interprets all; it is the open sesame which throws wide the portals.
"The Youth of Jefferson" by Anonymous
Master Arthur is one of the fortunate being's who has an `open sesame' to all hearts.
"About Peggy Saville" by Mrs. G. de Horne Vaizey
Ledger, would prove an open sesame to the half-closed doors of the Knickerbockers.
"The Promise" by James B. Hendryx
The drawing-rooms of Paris had opened like magic before the "sesame" of Thermidor and the prospects of settled order under the Directory.
"The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by William Milligan Sloane
This authority had been his open sesame through our lines.
"Between the Lines" by Henry Bascom Smith
Flowers, theatre boxes, carriages, the "open sesame" to the whole world of pleasure.
"Anna the Adventuress" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
It is the open sesame to all our hearts.
"The Girl Wanted" by Nixon Waterman
Now, then, I just scratch the bolt down with my knife, and Open, Sesame!
"Evening Dress" by W. D. Howells
Open Sesame, good old Sesame, open!
"The Confessions of Arsène Lupin" by Maurice Leblanc
And Hendrick's name was an open sesame.
"The Beloved Woman" by Kathleen Norris
So the great "open sesame" is reached.
"History of Woman Suffrage, Volume III (of III)" by Various
Co-operation is the open sesame to the economic life of the future.
"England and Germany" by Emile Joseph Dillon
But she has furnished no 'open sesame' to bid the mountain gate fly wide which leads to conquest of self.
"Bunyan" by James Anthony Froude
They found no open sesame to Huldah's apartment.
"Our Next-Door Neighbors" by Belle Kanaris Maniates
Surely he had the magical open-sesame of some door.
"Hope Mills" by Amanda M. Douglas
The word was open sesame to her.
"Coquette" by Frank Swinnerton
The word children is often an open sesame.
"The Colored Girl Beautiful" by E. Azalia Hackley
This open-sesame for the iron gates was given to each person with the warning that it must not be forgotten.
"A Trip to the Orient" by Robert Urie Jacob
That "Open Sesame" served me in good stead on several occasions.
"On the right of the British line" by Gilbert Nobbs
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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.
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