weak sauce

noun

Definition of 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 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, "Rough Trail Ahead: 2020 Ford Ranger Level 3 Off-Road Package," 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, "Suburbicon Is a Bizarre, Misguided Trainwreck," 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, "Walkthru: Things learned from Sunday Cincinnati Bengals snap counts," 11 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of weak sauce

1992, in the meaning defined above

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“Weak sauce.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/weak%20sauce. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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