bad taste in one's mouth

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Refers to the feeling of nausea or its aftereffects.

Noun[edit]

bad taste in one's mouth (uncountable)

  1. (idiomatic) A feeling something is morally despicable as to cause nausea.
    The more I thought of my orders, the more it left a bad taste in my mouth.
  2. (idiomatic) A feeling of guilt, responsibility, or embarrassment as to cause nausea.
    Knowing that I had inadvertently aided a killer, left me with a bad taste in my mouth.
  3. (idiomatic) A feeling of disappointment and frustration.

Quotations[edit]

2005: “Our goal was to get to the Final Four, compete for the national championship,” Williams said. “It just leaves a bad taste in your mouth, not getting to cut down the nets.” — Long Distance Drought: Illinois goes 12-for-40 from behind the arc Associated Press, April 4, 2005

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