criss-cross applesauce

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Adverb[edit]

criss-cross applesauce (not comparable)

  1. (childish, US, regional, idiomatic) (of sitting): cross-legged

Usage notes[edit]

Generally used by nursery school and primary school teachers to children, sometimes followed by “spoons in the bowl” to mean “hands in your lap”, strengthening analogy with a bowl of applesauce; alternatively, “spoons in your bowl”, “spoons in your lap”.

Spelling varies, as it is primarily said, not written, but “criss-cross applesauce” and “criss cross applesauce” are most common.

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