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applesauce

[ap-uh l-saws] /ˈæp əlˌsɔs/
noun
1.
apples stewed to a soft pulp and sometimes sweetened or spiced with cinnamon.
2.
Slang. nonsense; bunk.
Origin
1730-1740
1730-40; apple + sauce
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Word Origin and History for apple-sauce

applesauce

n.

by 1739, American English, 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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Slang definitions & phrases for apple-sauce

applesauce

noun

Nonsense; pretentious talk; bullshit, bunk: ''Ideologies'' freely translated into American means ''applesauce''

[1900s+; fr the fact that relatively cheap, hence worthless, applesauce would be served instead of choicer food in boardinghouses]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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