open sesame

open ses·​a·​me | \ ˌō-pən-ˈse-sə-mē How to pronounce open sesame (audio) \

Definition of open sesame

: something that unfailingly brings about a desired end

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Synonyms for open sesame


gateway, key, passport, secret, ticket

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Examples of open sesame in a Sentence

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

First Known Use of open sesame

1814, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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

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The first known use of open sesame was in 1814

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English Language Learners Definition of open sesame

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

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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