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open sesame

1. A phrase commonly (and thus sometimes humorously) used as a password, especially to gain entrance to something. In The Arabian Nights, "open sesame" is a magical phrase used to open a robbers' den. A: "What's the password?" B: "Um… open sesame?" If those kids are still blocking the door, tell them the password is "open sesame."
2. By extension, something that helps one to achieve a goal or access an opportunity. In this usage, the phrase is preceded by an article (for instance, "an open sesame"). Good grades in high school will be an open sesame to any college you choose.
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open sesame

a marvellous or irresistible means of achieving access to what would normally be inaccessible.
In the tale of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves in the Arabian Nights, the door of the robbers' cave was made to open by uttering this magic formula.
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open ˈsesame

(humorous) an easy way to gain or achieve something that is usually very difficult to get: Academic success is not always an open sesame to a well-paid job.The bank had just closed but I banged on the door and — open sesame — they let me in!This expression comes from the story Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. The words open sesame opened the door of the thieves’ cave where they kept their treasure.
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open sesame

An effective means for achieving a desired goal. The term comes from the story about Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (The Arabian Nights Entertainments, ca. 1375), in which Ali Baba uses the words “Open, Sesame” to open the door of the robbers’ den. By 1800 or so the words had become synonymous with any password. For example, Sir Walter Scott wrote in a letter to Lord Dalkeith (Feb. 11, 1806), “Your notoriety becomes a talisman—an ‘Open Sesame’ before which everything gives way.”
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Researchers said there are currently more than 1.5 million children and adults living with sesame allergy.
Other countries including Canada, Europe, Australia and New Zealand already mandated sesame labels.
Sesame allergy affects children and adults at similar rates, unlike milk or egg allergies, which often appear early in life and are no longer present by the teens, the researchers noted.
Sesame seeds' high levels of zinc mean that it helps your body produce collagen.
"We're honored that Sesame Workshop has entrusted the preservation of their decades of work to the American Archive of Public Broadcasting," says Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden.
Davies Paints, a long-time partner of MMDA, plays an essential role in the ongoing MMDA x Sesame Street Wall Art by providing the painting materials and labor requirements of the project.
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Knowing these were real-life challenges for thousands of children who watched "Sesame Street," Westin said they thought about ways to "disrupt" that cycle of trauma.
Thus far, SESAME has four beamlines and will now receive a fifth meant to generate "soft" X-ray light in the energy range between 70 eV and 1800 eV.
The final ruling from Sesame Workshop -- in an attempt to draw a line under a debate that has rumbled on since the pair first appeared on television in 1969 -- is that puppets "do not have a sexual orientation".
Aubergines INGREDIENTS 2 aubergines, halved lengthways 250g firm organic tofu in 1.5cm slices 100g spring greens, thickly sliced 75g miso paste 1tbsp sesame oil 2.5cm ginger, grated 2 cloves of garlic, crushed For the dressing: 1 red chilli, finely chopped 2cm ginger, grated 2 cloves of garlic, crushed 2 limes, zest and juice 30ml soy sauce 30ml sesame oil 3 spring onions, thinly sliced To serve: 30g sesame seeds 300g white rice METHOD: 1.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Apple Inc has ordered multiple live-action and animated series from Emmy award-winning children's television producer Sesame Workshop, a source close to the agreement said on Wednesday.
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The completion designates Sesame Place as a Certified Autism Center (CAC) as distinguished by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES)--the first theme park in the world to receive such a distinction.
Sesame (Sesamum indicum L.) belongs to the order Tubiflorae and family Pedaliaceae cultivated for its seed.