One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Used to refer to an attitude in which someone adopts a negative attitude to something because they cannot have it themselves.‘government officials dismissed many of the complaints as sour grapes’
- ‘As you have always known, Canadians are sophisticated enough politically to see through the sour grapes of criticism.’
- ‘The reality is she's articulate and she's composed, and apparently some people tonight have sour grapes.’
- ‘Let's keep the sour grapes to a minimum and recognise that perhaps this was a relationship which was getting too comfortable and that some of us were ready for a change anyway.’
- ‘However those behind the enterprise insist that it's just a case of sour grapes.’
- ‘But for me to go on about it would be to criticise the referee, and it might sound like sour grapes.’
- ‘Can anyone really believe that review is anything but sour grapes?’
- ‘The views of the objectors are obviously tinged with disappointment but should not be dismissed as sour grapes.’
- ‘There were no regrets, no complaints, not even a whiff of sour grapes.’
- ‘The ones who are honest have had to watch the cheats claiming medals and any complaint is made to look like sour grapes.’
- ‘The rest of her scathing remarks are mostly sour grapes.’
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