puree of stewed oranges typically sweetened and spiced
- nonsensical talk or writing
by 1739, American English, from apple + sauce. Slang definition "nonsense" is attested from 1921 and ended up being mentioned as a vogue word early 1920s. Mencken credits it to cartoonist T.A. ("Tad") Dorgan. DAS indicates the phrase was hence made use of because applesauce had been low priced fare served in boardinghouses.
Sarah prepared stuffed crown roast with vegetables and homemade applesauce for dinner.