weak sauce


US slang
: something inferior, ineffective, or unimpressive : something weak
When it comes to employer-based coverage, the plan wouldn't do much … Honestly, this is weak sauce, and doesn't do much to alter the biggest, and one of the most dysfunctional, parts of the U.S. health care system.Pascal Emmanuel Gobry
… the laws they're looking at are pretty weak sauce, and their chances of passing are slim.Matt Baume

Examples of weak sauce in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If anything, Norton will regard Pac-12 offensive linemen as weak sauce after facing Georgia’s starters in practice throughout his career. Jon Wilner | , oregonlive, 28 Aug. 2023 Chassis components from the Civic compact car lend the HR-V sprightly road manners but its 2.0-liter four-cylinder is weak sauce, and it's made even more joyless given that it's mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, 2 June 2023 Color options are weak sauce. Car and Driver, 8 June 2021 In a few words: bureaucratic weak sauce. John Canzano, oregonlive, 18 Mar. 2021 As trust busting goes, however, this is unusually weak sauce. Jan Dutkiewicz, The New Republic, 6 Jan. 2022 Be careful, though: The skid plate beneath that bumper is weak sauce compared to the thick aluminum piece Toyota bolts to the front of a Tacoma TRD Pro. Scott Oldham, Car and Driver, 28 Aug. 2020 Other than that, Suburbicon feels like weak sauce, impressive only in how pitilessly evil its main characters are. David Sims, The Atlantic, 28 Oct. 2017 But this kind of stuff – throwing things at your own player -- is weak sauce and a bad look. Paul Dehner Jr., Cincinnati.com, 11 Sep. 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1992, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of weak sauce was in 1992

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“Weak sauce.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/weak%20sauce. Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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