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sour grapes

Definition of sour grapes in English:

Used to refer to an attitude in which someone adopts a negative attitude to something because they cannot have it themselves: government officials dismissed many of the complaints as sour grapes
[with allusion to Aesop's fable The Fox and the Grapes]
More example sentences
  • There were no regrets, no complaints, not even a whiff of sour grapes.
  • The ones who are honest have had to watch the cheats claiming medals and any complaint is made to look like sour grapes.
  • The reality is she's articulate and she's composed, and apparently some people tonight have sour grapes.
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