means “salted food,” for giving a relish to meat, as pickled
roots, herbs, and so on. (Latin, salsus.)
The sauce was better than the fish.
The accessories were better than the main part. This may be said of
a book in which the plates and getting up are better than the matter it
To serve the same sauce.
To retaliate; to give as good as you take; to serve in the same
“After him another came unto her, and served her with the same sauce;
then a third ...” —The Man in the Moon, etc. (1609).
(To). To intermix.
“Then she fell to sauce her desires with threatenings.” —Sidney.
“Folly sauced with discretion.” —Shakespeare: Troilus and
Cressida, i. 2.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894