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.

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]

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]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sour grapes - disparagement of something that is unattainablesour grapes - disparagement of something that is unattainable
derogation, disparagement, 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.
References in classic literature ?
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
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
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?
NEIL LENNON insists his scathing attack on ref Don Robertson was down to frustration at his display and not sour grapes.
Sour Grapes, 86 Newgate Street, Morpeth, is for sale through North East Commercial for offers over PS250,000, tel: 0191 487 8566.
The law has been misapplied deliberately by North Yorkshire Police out of sour grapes over being shown to be prejudicial and incompetent in their investigation of the original complaint against me.
It almost smells of sour grapes and you don't need that.
SHAMROCK ROVERS boss Pat Fenlon has conceded the league title to Dundalk but said: "There's no sour grapes.
Is disagreeing with Prince William's decision to to take the helicopter job sour grapes J Watts I don't think so.
It smacks of sour grapes and it could just be a tactical plan to get us involved in matters that will distract our attention from this crucial test in Cape Town," he said.
Am I missing something or could it just be sour grapes on this occasion?