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Definition of sauce noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] a thick liquid that is eaten with food to add flavor to it tomato/cranberry/cream, etc. sauce chicken in a white sauce ice cream with hot fudge sauce see also soy sauce, tartar sauce, white sauce
  2. 2[uncountable] (old-fashioned) (informal) the sauce alcoholic drinks Her husband is on the sauce (= drinking alcohol) again.
  3. Idioms
    what's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander (old-fashioned) (saying)
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    what one person is allowed to do, another person must be allowed to do in a similar situation
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: sauce