apples stewed to a soft pulp and sometimes sweetened or spiced with cinnamon.
Slang. nonsense; bunk.

1730–40; apple + sauce Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Word Origin & History

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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Example sentences
The sauce is ready when it is as thick as applesauce and the oil forms a dark,
  deep pool on the surface.
My diet would soon include, once again, cupcakes and macaroni and applesauce.
Add the sugar, milk and applesauce, mixing thoroughly.
These huge fruits have been prized for years for baking, applesauce, and apple
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