from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In cookery, mint chopped and mixed with vinegar and sugar, used especially as a sauce for roast lamb.


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  • A stick of horseradish, a bottle of mint-sauce well corked, a bottle of salad dressing, a bottle of vinegar, made mustard, pepper, salt, good oil, and pounded sugar.

    To Say Nothing of the Three Crates of Picnic Provisions « Dyepot, Teapot

  • On the other hand the unmistakable bubbling note of the mint-sauce will not be heard for another month or so.

    Punch or the London Charivari, Volume 158, March 24, 1920.

  • Sierras, in California, I found a wooded bluff -- you looked a thousand feet straight down to a clear lake, green as mint-sauce pretty nearly, not a wrinkle on it.

    The Trail of the Hawk A Comedy of the Seriousness of Life

  • Far away from the greystone wings, the dark cedars, the faultless gravel drives, and the mint-sauce lawns of Holt Hangars runs a river called the Hudson, whose unkempt banks are covered with the palaces of those wealthy beyond the dreams of avarice.

    The Day's Work - Volume 1

  • I remember your pushing it to extreme lengths in a poem entreating people not to mention mint-sauce when conversing with a lamb.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 159, December 22, 1920

  • In my musings it seems to me to be almost idyllic to have known a spring chicken in his infancy; to have watched a hind-quarter of lamb gambolling about its native heath before its muscles became adamant, and before chopped-up celery tops steeped in vinegar were poured upon it in the hope of hypnotizing boarders into the belief that spring lamb and mint-sauce lay before them.

    Coffee and Repartee

  • Mr. Trinder never could remember afterwards whether it was lamb or mutton he had eaten; he had a vague idea that Dulce had handed him the mint-sauce, and that he had declined it and helped himself to salad.

    Not Like Other Girls

  • In the afternoon we proceeded fifteen miles farther, to the half-way house, where on my first arrival in the colony I had been initiated into the art of cooking a saddle of kangaroo, and serving it up with mint-sauce.

    The Bushman — Life in a New Country

  • _lamb_, in any form, which requires delicate dressing, and is admirably adapted for concocting mint-sauce, which delightful adjunct Lord Melbourne may, ere long, find some little difficulty in procuring.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 1, August 21, 1841

  • Jacob, you get atop of my back and catch hold of me tight round the neck, and whenever a Little Bethel parson calls you a precious lamb or says your brother's one, you tell him it's the truest things he's said for a twelvemonth, and that if he'd got a little more of the lamb himself, and less of the mint-sauce -- not being quite so sharp and sour over it -- I should like him all the better.

    The Old Curiosity Shop


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