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

Examples of special sauce in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The special sauce of primary care will not be saved until the overwhelming number of metrics that sit heavily on primary care providers’ shoulders is winnowed down. Katherine Gergen Barnett and Lara F. Terry, STAT, 2 May 2024 The Double Big Mac has all the same ingredients of its smaller sibling, the Big Mac — lettuce, cheddar cheese, pickles, onions and special sauce — yet stands taller with four beef patties and three sesame seed buns. John Tufts, The Indianapolis Star, 26 Jan. 2024 Plus, all the special sauce would run out of the sides of the buns. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 23 Feb. 2024 Meantime, younger hip-hop artists started calling on Wilson to add his special sauce to their recordings. Alan Light, Variety, 29 Jan. 2024 The numbers show us that tech, as a foundational element combined with human touch, is the special sauce in achieving a personalized digital experience. Roxanne Robinson, Forbes, 24 Feb. 2024 Detroit-style specialty pizzas include fun pies like The Happiest Meal, a ground beef/cheese/pickle/special sauce concoction meant to evoke a cheeseburger and The Godfather Part II, an alfredo-sauce/chicken/mushroom combo with dabs of sriracha. Jess Fleming, Twin Cities, 8 Feb. 2024 Yes, the sandwich was dominated by the flavors of pickle brine, onion and special sauce. Tim Carman, Washington Post, 25 Jan. 2024 This trending TikTok recipe makes a fun new addition to taco night, and is complete with cheese, pickles lettuce and a special sauce. Anna Luisa Rodriguez, Washington Post, 13 Dec. 2023

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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 22 May. 2024.

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