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What's the magic word?

A question posed to someone (typically a child) when they have asked for something without saying "please." A: "Can I have some money to go to the movies?" B: "What's the magic word?"
See also: magic
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You don't have to go over the top - for example, if they don't say please and thank you, try saying something like, "Excuse me, what's the magic word?" And if they're bashing your cupboards loudly, tell your son to tell them to stop.
A young lad asked Nick Faldo: "Can you sign this?" and the six-times Major champion replied: "What's the magic word?"
Don't ask: "What's the magic word?" They won't learn like this.
"Alex asked his wife Cathy to make us all tea but I remember she said: `And what's the magic word?'
His mum eventually gave in saying: "What's the magic word then?"