Open-sesame meaning

sesəmē
A simple, trusty means of attaining a goal.
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Any unfailing means of gaining admission or achieving some other end.
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Open up!
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Any successful means of achieving a result, especially means that are magical or technical, or otherwise beyond the understanding of most people.
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Origin of open-sesame

  • From the magical formula Open Sesame used by Ali Baba in the Arabian Nights to open the door of the robbers' cave

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From its use in Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, translating French Sésame, ouvre-toi in Antoine Galland's version of the Ali Baba story in the One Thousand and One Nights, possibly based on an oral Arabic source.

    From Wiktionary