Wizard of Oz

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the Wizard of Oz

  1. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, a 1900 book by L. Frank Baum, or any of its adaptations, about the journey of Dorothy through the magical Land of Oz in search of a way home.
  2. One of the main characters in that and subsequent works, a man in the Emerald City with great recognition but, as ultimately revealed, no magical power.


  • 2006 October 25, Joe Scarborough, interview with Bill Mahar, Scarborough Country, MSNBC
    I'm not one of these people that say, “Listen, we should bow down to the Wizard of Oz ’cause we don’t know what’s going on behind that curtain.”
  • 2007 April 2, Elizabeth Shogren, “High Court Rebukes EPA on Emissions, Environment”, All Things Considered, National Public Radio
    It was kind of like when Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz learned she always had the power to go home.

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