leave a bad taste in someone's mouth

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of leave a bad taste in someone's mouth

: to make someone feel bad or disgusted
  • The whole experience left a bad taste in my mouth.

Word by Word Definitions

leave play
  1. : bequeath, devise

  2. : to have remaining after one's death

  3. : to cause to remain as a trace or aftereffect

  1. : permission to do something

  2. : authorized especially extended absence from duty or employment

  3. : an act of leaving : departure

  1. : leaf

bad play
  1. : failing to reach an acceptable standard : poor

  2. : unfavorable

  3. : not fresh : spoiled

  1. : something that is bad

  2. : an evil or unhappy state

  3. : fault

  1. : badly

taste play
  1. : to ascertain the flavor of by taking a little into the mouth

  2. : to eat or drink especially in small quantities

  3. : to perceive or recognize as if by the sense of taste

  1. : the objective sweet, sour, bitter, or salty quality of a dissolved substance as perceived by the sense of taste

  2. : a sensation obtained from a substance in the mouth that is typically produced by the stimulation of the sense of taste combined with those of touch and smell : flavor

  3. : the distinctive quality of an experience

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

mouth play
  1. : the natural opening through which food passes into the body of an animal and which in vertebrates is typically bounded externally by the lips and internally by the pharynx and encloses the tongue, gums, and teeth

  2. : grimace

  3. : an individual requiring food

  1. : speak, pronounce

  2. : to utter bombastically : declaim

  3. : to repeat without comprehension or sincerity


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