open sesame

noun open ses·a·me \ ˌō-pən-ˈse-sə-mē \

Definition of open sesame

: something that unfailingly brings about a desired end

Examples of open sesame in a Sentence

  1. Perfect test scores are an open sesame to the best schools.

  2. it turned out that a simple “please” was the open sesame for charming the hotel manager into giving us a room with a better view

Origin and Etymology of open sesame

from open sesame, the magical command used by Ali Baba to open the door of the robbers' den in Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves


OPEN SESAME Defined for English Language Learners

open sesame

noun

Definition of open sesame for English Language Learners

  • : something that allows a person or thing to do or enter something successfully and easily


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