special sauce

noun

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

Examples of special sauce in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Higher productivity is the economy’s special sauce. Washington Post, 18 Aug. 2021 Making the Olympics takes a special sauce for which even Olympians and those who coach them don’t have the recipe. Julie Jag, The Salt Lake Tribune, 29 July 2021 Mix in the special sauce of a pandemic and the country’s racial reckoning, and collapse should be more predictable. Barry Svrluga, Anchorage Daily News, 28 July 2021 The signature sandwiches at Cutlets Sandwich include: chicken cutlet with bacon, white cheddar and its special sauce, herb roasted turkey with provolone, and grilled chicken with fresh mozzarella, arugula and red peppers. Gary Stern, Forbes, 7 June 2021 Each online real estate firm's estimate is like its own special sauce with its own secret recipe. Anna Bahney, CNN, 21 Apr. 2021 The special sauce in this new method is its catalyst, which is a combination of zeolites (minerals mostly made up of aluminum and silicon) and metal oxides including platinum and tungsten, per the paper. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 Apr. 2021 Kentucky and bluegrass go together like Sea and Biscuit, and the byway has plenty of both: The karst and phosphate-rich soil is the special sauce in raising prizewinning thoroughbreds. Washington Post, 16 Apr. 2021 Chef-owner Audrey Keenan takes green onion pancakes and rolls them up with slices of beef, fragrant of Chinese five spice and her own special sauce. Washington Post, 12 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of special sauce

1848, in the meaning defined above

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12 Sep 2021

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“Special sauce.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/special%20sauce. Accessed 28 Sep. 2021.

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