sour grapes

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sour grapes

Denial of the desirability of something after one has found out that it cannot be reached or acquired: The losers' scorn for the award is pure sour grapes.
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sour grapes

(functioning as singular) the attitude of affecting to despise something because one cannot or does not have it oneself
[from a fable by Aesop]
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sour′ grapes′

pretended disdain for something one does not or cannot have.
[1750–60; in allusion to Aesop's fable concerning the fox who dismissed as sour those grapes he could not reach]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sour grapes - disparagement of something that is unattainablesour grapes - disparagement of something that is unattainable
depreciation - a communication that belittles somebody or something
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(greip) noun
a green or black smooth-skinned eatable berry from which wine is made.
ˈgrapevine noun
1. an informal means of passing news from person to person. I hear through the grapevine that he is leaving.
2. a vine.
sour grapes
saying or pretending that something is not worth having because one cannot obtain it.
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References in classic literature ?
He quoted several texts (for he was well read in Scripture), such as, He visits the sins of the fathers upon the children; and the fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge ,&c.
"No, 'tisn't sour grapes," answered Captain Jim seriously.
"Now, Handel, I am quite free from the flavour of sour grapes, upon my soul and honour!
His heart was heavy, and he said with a disdain which he did not feel that it wasn't anything to spit like Tom Sawyer; but another boy said, "Sour grapes!" and he wandered away a dismantled hero.
What mean ye by saying that the poor ye have always with you, or that the fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge?
"I don't want to sound sour grapes, but that's a try.
Meanwhile, Sir Tom has hit out at an ex-bandmate who slated him in a tell-all book, saying it was "sour grapes".
The former PKR vice-president noted that he had come across numerous comments on social media chiding him and dismissing his observations as sour grapes.
Asked if it was "sour grapes" about not getting the new role, he said: "Not at all.
But Aberconwy MP Guto Bebb, a defence minister in the Tory Government, has told the BBC that Mr Jones had 'sour grapes' after being sacked as Brexit minister in 2017.
NEIL LENNON insists his scathing attack on ref Don Robertson was down to frustration at his display and not sour grapes.
He accused the force of "sour grapes" after his acquittal at a retrial, having spent 14 months on remand.