special sauce

noun
|Updated on: 30 Jul 2018

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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1848

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