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sour grapes

noun plural

Simple Definition of sour grapes

  • : unfair criticism that comes from someone who is disappointed about not getting something

Full Definition of sour grapes

  1. :  disparagement of something that has proven unattainable <his criticisms are just sour grapes>

Origin of sour grapes

from the fable ascribed to Aesop of the fox who after finding himself unable to reach some grapes he had desired disparaged them as sour


First Known Use: 1760


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