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

Origin of applesauce

First recorded in 1730–40; apple + sauce
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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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