sour grapes

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From Aesop's fable The Fox and the Grapes, in which a fox, unable to reach grapes it is seeking, convinces itself that they must have been sour all along and therefore not worthwhile reaching in the first place.


sour grapes pl (plural only)

  1. (idiomatic) Things that somebody pretends to despise because he/she cannot obtain or have it.
  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.