apple-sauce

applesauce

[ap-uhl-saws]
noun
1.
apples stewed to a soft pulp and sometimes sweetened or spiced with cinnamon.
2.
Slang. nonsense; bunk.

Origin:
1730–40; apple + sauce

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applesauce
by 1739, Amer.Eng., from apple + sauce. Slang meaning "nonsense" is attested from 1921 and was noted as a vogue word early 1920s. Mencken credits it to cartoonist T.A. ("Tad") Dorgan. DAS suggests the word was thus used because applesauce was cheap fare served in boardinghouses.
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