sour grapes

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Etymology[edit]

From the Aesop's fable The Fox and the Grapes, in which a fox, unable to reach grapes he is seeking, decides that they must have been sour.

Noun[edit]

sour grapes (uncountable) (plural only)

  1. (idiomatic) Things that somebody pretends to despise because he/she cannot possess them.
  2. (idiomatic) A putting down or expression of disdain about something that one desires but cannot have.
    I think his comments about that new car are just sour grapes because he can't afford it.

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