Green’s Dictionary of Slang

sauce n.1

1. a venereal disease.

[UK]Vanbrugh Provoked Wife IV iii: I hope your punks will give you sauce to your mutton.

2. vaginal fluids.

[UK]Whores Rhetorick 138: Hiding themselves under her Petticoats, to raise their decayed appetites by the warm sauce to be found under those Robes.
[US]Cab Calloway ‘Good Sauce from the Gravy Bowl’ [lyrics] I like good sauce in the gravy bowl, / Must be sauce about ninety days old! / Good sauce, good sauce from the gravy bowl!

3. money.

[UK]Smollett (trans.) Adventures of Gil Blas I 11: I have a delicate trout; but those who eat it must pay for the sauce [...] After having paid sauce for a supper, which I had so ill digested, I went to the muleteer.

4. (US) petrol, gasoline.

[US]E.V. Rickenbacker Fighting Flying Circus (2009) [ebook] Sauce, petrol or gasoline. Virage. A bank or circle in the air.

5. (orig. US) alcohol, (rarely) drugs.

[US]Cab Calloway ‘Jitter Bug ‘ [lyrics] Now, here’s old Father, a wicked old man, / Drinks more sauce than the other bugs can, / He drinks jitter sauce every morn, / That’s why jitter sauce was born.
[US]M. Prenner ‘Drunk in Sl.’ in AS XVI:1 Jan. 70/2: liquor [...] sauce.
[US]‘William Lee’ Junkie (1966) 134: The first thing you have to do is cut down on the sauce and build up your health.
[UK]Wodehouse Jeeves in the Offing 155: He most fortunately walked into the River Thames while under the influence of the sauce.
[US]G.V. Higgins Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973) 128: Beating the hell out of the sauce and everything.
[Aus]B. Humphries Complete Barry McKenzie 11: He looks like Crocodile Dundee’s grandfather after a session on the sauce.
[US]S. Morgan Homeboy 50: Soon after, the sauce killed her.
[Ire]P. Howard PS, I Scored the Bridesmaids 196: You want to lay off the sauce, man.
P. Hensher Missing Ink 50: He gave up the sauce in his early thirties.

6. (US campus) beer.

[US]Eble Campus Sl. Mar. 3: sauce – beer, not other alcoholic beverages.

7. (US gay) semen.

[US]B. Rodgers Queens’ Vernacular.

In derivatives

sauced (adj.)

(US) drunk.

[US]D. Remnick in New Yorker 18 Feb. [Internet] Trump resembled an over-sauced guy [...] facing three likely options in the near term: a) take a swing at someone, b) get clocked by someone else, or c) pass out.
Young M.A. ‘OOOUUU’ [lyrics] This Henny got me, oh, it got me sauced.

In compounds

In phrases

hit the sauce (v.)

(orig. US) to drink to excess.

[US]J.H. O’Hara Pal Joey 63: He almost began hitting the sauce.
[US]‘Iceberg Slim’ Mama Black Widow 235: I left Mama and hit the sauce.
E. Damerson in Dusted Mag. at Trikont.com [Internet] Dragging on a charge has never been as troublesome or habit-forming as hitting the sauce.
on the sauce

(orig. US) drinking heavily and consistently.

[US]L. Rosten Dear ‘Herm’ 301: Makes you wonder if they are on the sauce as well as ladeling it out (If you know what I mean).
[US]J. Ellroy Brown’s Requiem 11: When I was on the sauce, he felt he had the upper hand.
[US]R. Campbell Wizard of La-La Land (1999) 223: There’s no booze in it, just water. It’s my beard when I’m pretending to be on the sauce.
[Ire]P. Howard Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightdress 231: They’re all hammered [...] On the sauce all day.