special sauce

noun

: 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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Allen-Miller, working with a script by Nathan Brion and Tom Melia, includes all of these ingredients in Rye Lane, tosses them together and then adds her own special sauce to give it just the right zing. Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 Jan. 2023 The hat just over his eyes is the drop of special sauce. Victoria Hernandez, USA TODAY, 12 Jan. 2023 The lobster tots seem out of this world: The tater tots come tossed in a light coating of queso blanco and sprinkled with green onions and special sauce, then topped with sautéed lobster. Dallas News, 14 Nov. 2022 Despite the recent explosion of life-extension research, the single most important observation in the field—the best clue about the nature of that special sauce—was first made three-quarters of a century ago. Gary Taubes, Discover Magazine, 6 Feb. 2011 This blend now serves as the special sauce and foundation of PT, where making people dance is the only focus. Kennedy Sessions, Chron, 4 Jan. 2023 The menu is mostly respected classics like French onion soup, a Greek salad, a cheeseburger with special sauce and fries, and some pizzas. Dallas News, 17 Nov. 2022 But the uniqueness of his feel is the special sauce. The New York Times, New York Times, 27 Oct. 2022 Each kit includes instructions, ingredients, six sauce bottles, and labels for their special sauce names. Kylee Mcguigan, Popular Mechanics, 9 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1848, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of special sauce was in 1848

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“Special sauce.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/special%20sauce. Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

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