: seasoned with a sauce containing sugar and vinegar or lemon juice
sweet-and-sour shrimp

Examples of sweet-and-sour in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The business was in trouble, according to Diana, and her parent’s couldn’t boost the mere 40 tickets or so per day for $6.45 chow mein or $7.75 sweet-and-sour pork. Benjy Egel, Sacramento Bee, 10 May 2024 Get The Recipe 09 of 12 Big Batch Bourbon Ginger Ale Punch Recipe This sweet-and-sour punch has got some spice. Michelle Darrisaw, Southern Living, 11 Apr. 2024 Verma Farms Beary Beach flavor and covered in sweet-and-sour sugar crystals. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 23 July 2023 The fight started between childhood friends over a packet of sweet-and-sour sauce outside a McDonald’s. Keith L. Alexander, Washington Post, 31 Jan. 2024 Served with its head and tail attached, the scored fish arrives in a glossy orange sweet-and-sour sauce that improves on the usual duet with its infusion of ginger, garlic and scallion. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 24 Jan. 2024 Outside the McDonald’s, a fight erupted over a packet of sweet-and-sour sauce, police said, and Naima was stabbed to death by one of her companions, a 16-year-old girl who later pleaded as a juvenile to voluntary manslaughter. Peter Hermann, Washington Post, 1 Jan. 2024 Although the instrument has an integral role in the orchestral ecosystem—every ensemble tunes to its piercing A—the sweet-and-sour tang of its sound limits its popularity as a solo voice, particularly in comparison with the mellifluousness of the flute or the clarinet. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 13 Nov. 2023 Others say carryouts in Washington, D.C., created it, a sort of spicy riff on sweet-and-sour sauce. Tim Carman, Washington Post, 12 Oct. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1928, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sweet-and-sour was in 1928

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“Sweet-and-sour.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sweet-and-sour. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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