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

Ferguson has coated the aspirin, his financial tutorial, with applesauce.
Inside Job: Hard Lessons Through Pretty Pictures Randall Lane October 14, 2010

Typically, latkes are served with either sour cream or applesauce.
Mouth-Watering Potato Pancakes Jacquelynn D. Powers November 30, 2010

It provided the Darnalls with bread, canned soup, canned vegetables, and applesauce for the kids.
The New Blue-Collar Hungry Sasha Abramsky November 17, 2009

Ever since the bygone days of youth, pork has gone hand in hand with applesauce.
What to Eat: Spring Comfort Foods Cookstr.com April 26, 2010

Historical Examples

The baked apple should be given without cream, and the applesauce should have very little sugar.
The Care and Feeding of Children L. Emmett Holt


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.


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]


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