special sauce


Definition of special sauce

: secret sauce … thinly sliced lamb served with tomato, onion and special sauce on warm pita bread …New Times The special sauce is their software that enables the computers to tell whether a call has reached a live person or an answering device …— Tiernan Ray

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Start with a Polish Link and add toppings to your heart’s content—but always get the special sauce. Stephanie Emma Pfeffer, PEOPLE.com, "The Best Hot Dogs in Every State and Washington, D.C.," 17 July 2019 So, what’s the special sauce of a feel-good, serotonin-boosting song? NBC News, "These summer jams may boost your mood more than coffee," 28 July 2019 The burger is topped with pickles, lettuce, onions, mayo and special sauce. Ava Garcia, azcentral, "Your guide to fast food restaurants with Beyond and Impossible burgers in metro Phoenix," 24 June 2019 Sit outside on the veranda and order the Ambrosia Burger with its special sauce on steak roll bun. Jessica Flint, WSJ, "Big Sur Blends Rustic Charm With Sleek Design," 12 Feb. 2019 But the iron from Antarctica could be the special sauce that makes the glacial flour glimmer green. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Green Icebergs Could Be Secretly Feeding All Ocean Life," 7 Mar. 2019 Pastrami, salami, coleslaw, and special sauce, all served on rye bread with a side pickle. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Carnegie Deli Returns to New York City, With a Little Help from The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," 30 Nov. 2018 But Microsoft’s special sauce is Azure—the massive cloud computing platform rivalled only by Amazon’s AWS. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Microsoft's Project xCloud service will stream Xbox games to PCs, tablets, and phones," 8 Oct. 2018 And what’s the special sauce that actually makes a viable, dynamic, livable neighborhood? Curbed, "Can money create a neighborhood?," 19 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of special sauce

1848, in the meaning defined above

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