Phonetic spelling of "soft solder"; that is, solder that melts at a lower temperature. Coined by w:Thomas Haliburton|Thomas Haliburton in the short story "The Trotting Horse" (1836). Popular in the 19th century, but out of common use by 1950.
soft sawder (uncountable)
- obsolete idiom cajole|Cajoling or flattery.
#*"If she goes to act ugly, I'll give her a dose of "soft sawder"; that will take the frown out of her frontispiece...!" —w:Thomas Haliburton|Thomas Haliburton, "The Trotting Horse" (1836) — first usage
#*"How the old boy swallowed my soft sawder and Brummagem notes!" —w:Tom Taylor|Tom Taylor, wikisource:The Ticket-of-Leave Man|The Ticket-of-Leave Man (1863)
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