an Aladdin's lamp

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an Aladdin's lamp

A magical object that allows its owner to make wishes and have them granted. (In The Arabian Nights, Aladdin finds a magic lamp in a cave.) The kids think that old ring they found in the attic is an Aladdin's lamp, but it's really just a piece of junk.
See also: lamp
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an Aladdin's lamp

a talisman that enables its owner to fulfil every desire.
In the Arabian Nights tale of Aladdin, the hero finds a magic lamp in a cave. He discovers that rubbing it summons a powerful genie who is able to carry out all his wishes.
See also: lamp
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References in classic literature ?
He makes his berth an Aladdin's lamp, and lays him down in it; so that in the pitchiest night the ship's black hull still houses an illumination.
"It is not Aladdin's lamp, though I take it to be a token of as much luck.
Weston, you must really have had Aladdin's lamp. Good Mrs.
The centerpieces were Aladdin's lamps topped with pastries.