a golden key can open any door

1580 LYLY Euphues & his England II. 71 Who is so ignorant that knoweth not, gold be a key for euery locke, chieflye with his Ladye.

1660 W. SECKER Nonsuch Professor II. ix. The gates of the new Jerusalem..are not got open by golden keys.

1842 TENNYSON Poems (1969) 694 Every door is barr’d with gold, and opens but to golden keys.

1945 F. THOMPSON Lark Rise xix. Their better-educated neighbours..did not call on the newly rich family. That was before the days when a golden key could open any door.


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