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(as) happy as a clam in butter sauce

Very joyful and content. Look at your sister out there! She's happy as a clam in butter sauce now that she's back in the starting lineup again. I know I'll be happy as a clam in butter sauce once I get this stupid cast off my leg.
See also: butter, clam, happy, sauce

a fair shake of the sauce bottle

informal Just treatment; a fair chance (to do something). When Tara negotiated with the salesman for a new car, she was afraid she wasn't getting a fair shake of the sauce bottle because she was a woman. I'm not asking for special treatment, just give me a fair shake of the sauce bottle at the tryouts.
See also: bottle, fair, of, sauce, shake

a fair suck of the sauce bottle

informal Just treatment; a fair chance (to do something). Primarily heard in Australia. When Tara negotiated with the salesman for a new car, she was afraid she wasn't getting a fair suck of the sauce bottle because she was a woman. I'm not asking for special treatment, just give me a fair suck of the sauce bottle at the tryouts.
See also: bottle, fair, of, sauce, suck

awesome sauce

slang Excellent, great, or exceptionally interesting. I couldn't take him seriously when he described the movie as being awesome sauce. Awesome sauce! I got an A on my midterm!
See also: awesome, sauce

die for want of lobster sauce

To literally die or to be devastated due to a minor inconvenience or mishap. The phrase is thought to refer to a chef who committed suicide after discovering that he didn't have the ingredients to make lobster sauce for a banquet for King Louis XIV. I know you're really upset about not getting the lead in the school play, but I think you dying for want of lobster sauce—I mean, you still got a great role!
See also: die, for, of, sauce, want

fry sauce

A condiment made by combining ketchup and mayonnaise. As the name suggests, it is typically served with French fries. Hey, can you get me some fry sauce, please? I don't like to eat my fries with just ketchup.
See also: fry, sauce

hit the booze

To drink alcohol, especially to excess. All this stress at work right now is enough to make me hit the booze.
See also: booze, hit

hit the bottle

To drink alcohol, especially to excess. All this stress at work right now is enough to make me hit the bottle.
See also: bottle, hit

hit the sauce

To drink alcohol, especially heavily and frequently. You need to stop hitting the sauce and start taking care of your kids!
See also: hit, sauce

hunger is a good sauce

proverb Food tastes better when one is hungry. Don't worry too much about what to feed the hikers. Hunger is a good sauce, and they're going to love whatever you serve them.
See also: good, hunger, sauce

hunger is the best sauce

proverb Food tastes better when one is hungry. Don't worry too much about what to feed the hikers. Hunger is the best sauce, and they're going to love whatever you serve them.
See also: hunger, sauce

hunger sauce

Hunger represented as a fictional sauce that makes food taste especially good. Don't worry too much about what to feed the hikers. They'll have enough hunger sauce by the time they get here that they will love whatever you serve them.
See also: hunger, sauce

lost in the sauce

1. Thoroughly inebriated, especially to the point of being stupefied. ("Sauce" is a common slang term for alcohol.) Everyone kept buying me drinks for my birthday, so I was fairly lost in the sauce by the end of the night. Don't worry about it, everyone was lost to the sauce last night.
2. Consumed by alcoholism, especially to the point of being rendered unable to function properly. I think poor Tom is lost in the sauce these days. Every time I see him he's either drinking at home or heading to a bar. I divorced my husband after it became clear that he was lost in the sauce for good.
3. Ignored, forgotten, or neglected amid a larger group of people or things. The boy's got a lot of potential out on the football field, but I think he gets kind of lost in the sauce playing alongside the older players. There was a lot going on last month, so I'm afraid some of our usual obligations got lost in the sauce. The real political issues are getting lost in the sauce with all the petty name-calling and scandal mongering going on between both political parties.
4. Consumed by some wild, chaotic, or confusing situation. She was only 16 when she skyrocketed to pop-music fame, and she later lamented that she had gotten lost in the sauce of that world. A true artist can separate themselves from the trappings of their successes or failures and continue to focus on the vision in their heart and soul—a hack will just get lost in the sauce.
See also: lost, sauce

on the sauce

1. slang Currently one who consumes alcohol, especially heavily and frequently. Said especially of alcoholics. My dad was a real mean son of a gun when he was on the sauce. You can tell Tara's been on the sauce again—she's been reeking of booze lately.
2. slang Using performance-enhancing drugs, especially anabolic steroids. The football star has repeatedly denied being on the sauce, though he still refuses to take an official drug test. I knew a guy who went on the sauce in high school trying to get super jacked. I think that junk really messed up his body.
See also: on, sauce

red-sauce parlor

An Italian-American restaurant known for serving traditional pasta dishes with tomato-based sauce. They new Italian restaurant that opened up downtown is a throwback to those authentic red-sauce parlors that my parents used to take me to as a kid. I grew up working in my grandfather's red-sauce parlor, so I know just about everything there is to know about pasta.
See also: parlor

sauce

slang Alcohol, especially liquor. Used especially in the phrases "hit the sauce" and "on the sauce." You need to stop hitting the sauce so hard every weekend. I think Tom might be back on the sauce again.

sauce parlor

dated slang A bar or tavern. "Sauce" is a slang term for alcohol. I heard Tommy's dad spends more time at the sauce parlor than he does at home. The cops spotted the two criminals coming out of the sauce parlor and took them in for questioning.
See also: parlor, sauce

sauce up

1. slang To become drunk. A: "Where's Mike?" B: "Probably down at the bar saucing up, as usual." Don't get too sauced up. We have an early start tomorrow.
2. slang To cause someone to become drunk. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "sauce" and "up." There was an endless flow of wine saucing everyone up. He sauced up his guests with extravagant cocktails.
3. To cover or fill a piece of food with sauce of some kind. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "sauce" and "up." Take the brisket out of the oven, sauce it up, and stick it back in for another 10–15 minutes. If you're looking to sauce up your burgers, we've got over 30 different options to choose from!
4. To make something more exciting, salacious, or risqué. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "sauce" and "up." I decided to sauce up my outfit with a low-cut top. I had a feeling he was saucing up the story of his date with Martha.
See also: sauce, up

sauced

slang Drunk. You might get more accomplished with your life if you didn't spend every evening getting sauced. I was way too sauced to drive home, so I just left my car in the parking lot.
See also: sauce

serve (one) the same sauce

To treat one the same way that one has treated you—usually poorly. Of course she's not invited to the dinner party! She didn't invite me to her last soiree, so I'm serving her the same sauce.
See also: same, sauce, serve

what's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander

If something is good, acceptable, or beneficial for one person, it is or should be equally so for another person or persons as well. Well I guess if you are entitled to stay out until all hours, then I'll do the same. What's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander, right?
See also: for, gander, goose, sauce
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

hit the bottle

 and hit the booze
Fig. Inf. to go on a drinking bout; to get drunk. Jed's hitting the bottle again. He's been hitting the booze for a week now.
See also: bottle, hit

Hunger is the best sauce.

Prov. Everything tastes especially good when you are hungry, because you are so eager to eat it. After our twenty-mile hike, we stopped at a little roadside restaurant. It may have been that they made the most delicious food in the world there, or it may have been that hunger was the best sauce.
See also: hunger, sauce

on the sauce

drinking regularly; intoxicated. Poor old Ron is on the sauce again. He is on the sauce most of the time.
See also: on, sauce

What's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.

Prov. What is good for one person is good for another.; What is good for the man in a couple is good for the woman. Jane: You're overweight; you should get more exercise. Alan: But I don't really have time to exercise. Jane: When I was overweight, you told me to exercise; what's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.
See also: for, gander, goose, sauce
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

hit the bottle

Also, hit the booze or sauce . Drink alcoholic beverages, especially a great deal, as in I don't know if it will be a problem, but he hits the bottle every weekend, or She hardly ever hits the booze, but when she does, watch out, or It doesn't show in her work, but she hits the sauce every night. These slangy expressions date from the late 1800s and early 1900s.
See also: bottle, hit

sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander, what's

What applies to one applies to both, especially to both male and female. For example, After her husband went off with his fishing buddies for a week, she decided to take a vacation without him-what's sauce for the goose, you know . This proverbial expression, often shortened as in the example, was cited and described as "a woman's proverb" in John Ray's English Proverbs (1678).
See also: for, goose, sauce
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

hit the bottle

INFORMAL
If someone hits the bottle, they drink too much alcohol. One newspaper even said I'd started hitting the bottle. Complete rubbish. These teenagers hit the bottle to rebel.
See also: bottle, hit

what's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander

OLD-FASHIONED
People say what's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander when they are arguing that a rule that applies to one person should apply to others, because people should be treated equally. If a man can marry someone twenty years younger than him, why can't a woman? What's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.
See also: for, gander, goose, sauce
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

hit (or be on) the bottle

start to drink alcohol heavily, especially in an attempt to escape from one's problems. informal
See also: bottle, hit

what's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander

what is appropriate in one case is also appropriate in the other case in question. proverb
This expression is often used as a statement that what is right or wrong for one sex is right or wrong for the other as well. John Ray , who was the first to record this saying (in his English Proverbs of 1670 ), remarked ‘This is a woman's Proverb’.
1998 New Scientist What is sauce for the US goose is sauce for the Iraqi gander!
See also: for, gander, goose, sauce
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

hit the ˈbottle

(informal) regularly drink too much: She managed to resist alcohol for a year, then hit the bottle again when her husband died.He’s really hitting the bottle at the moment.
See also: bottle, hit

what’s ˌsauce for the ˌgoose is ˌsauce for the ˈgander

(old-fashioned, saying) if one partner in a marriage or relationship can behave in a particular way, then the other partner should also be allowed to behave in this way: If she can go out with her friends, why can’t I? What’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.
A gander is a male goose.
See also: for, gander, goose, sauce
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

hit the bottle

and hit the booze
tv. to go on a drinking bout; to get drunk. She got caught hitting the bottle in the office. He’s been hitting the booze for a week now.
See also: bottle, hit

hit the booze

verb
See also: booze, hit

lost in the sauce

mod. alcohol intoxicated and bewildered. Sally got lost in the sauce at the party and made quite a spectacle of herself.
See also: lost, sauce

on the sauce

mod. drinking regularly; alcohol intoxicated. Poor old Ron is on the sauce again.
See also: on, sauce

sauce

n. liquor; any alcoholic beverage. (see also on the sauce.) Did you bring the sauce? Can’t have a good party without lots of sauce.

sauce parlor

n. a tavern. I wouldn’t be caught dead in that sauce parlor.
See also: parlor, sauce

sauced

mod. alcohol intoxicated. She went out and got herself sauced.
See also: sauce
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander, what's

What’s good for one is good for the other; it applies to both (especially, male and female, or husband and wife). John Ray included this expression in his 1678 proverb collection and termed it “a woman’s Proverb.” An early assertion of sexual equity, it has since been applied both in instances of male and female and in more general terms. The former is meant in Lawrence Block’s novel A Stab in the Dark (1981): “I knew she had accused her husband of infidelity, so I thought she might be getting a bit of sauce for the goose.”
See also: for, goose, sauce
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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