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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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 To that end, skip adding toppings to your fries, or at least avoid the In-N-Out copycat with special sauce and cheddar. Zoe Sayler, The Seattle Times, "Seattle’s veggie burgers: Eating your vegetables never tasted this good," 3 July 2018 Davis says: Great texture on crispy onion, good bite on the special sauce. cleveland.com, "Buckeye Beer Engine offers up burger favorites in Lakewood (photos, video, poll)," 24 Apr. 2018 The new podcast from Confidence Men frontman Jake Brennan combines a life of rock ’n’ roll stories with the special sauce of the crime saga. Michael Andor Brodeur, BostonGlobe.com, "The Weekender: Alanis, Art, Alcott, and opera over ice," 10 May 2018 The key components to this new method of detection are an ordinary smartphone, some special software downloaded onto the phone, a box made from Lego bricks, ultraviolet light, a standard 96-well test plate– and a special sauce, so to speak. Allison Barrie, Fox News, "Innovative project harnesses Legos and smartphones in the fight against invisible, deadly weapons," 13 July 2018 At the top is the most quintessential of interpretations, the cheeseburger ($3), which is crafted with Foxhollow Farm beef and adorned with a blanket of American cheese, special sauce and pickles. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "Oskar's fills a food void in Louisville we didn't know we had | Review," 4 July 2018

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1848, in the meaning defined above

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