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Origin of saucebox

First recorded in 1580–90; sauce + box1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for saucebox

Historical Examples of saucebox

  • I had your letter this night, as told you just and no more in my last; for this must be taken up in answering yours, saucebox.

    The Journal to Stella

    Jonathan Swift

British Dictionary definitions for saucebox


  1. informal a saucy person
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Word Origin and History for saucebox

"one addicted to making saucy remarks," 1580s, from sauce (n.) + box (n.1).

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