on a sour note


: in an unpleasant way
Their relationship ended on a sour note.

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The young women learn that their dad’s time at El Bulli, the famed temple of molecular gastronomy, ended on a sour note. Tim Carman, Washington Post, 26 Dec. 2022 Wentz revived his career with Indianapolis last season, throwing 27 touchdown passes and just seven picks, though a horrendous loss to Jacksonville in Week 18 that included two turnovers ended the Colts' season — and his tenure with them — on a sour note. Stephen Whyno, ajc, 5 Sep. 2022 The Cougars ended their season on a sour note after losing in the West Coast Conference Tournament championship game to Gonzaga. Alex Vejar, The Salt Lake Tribune, 13 Mar. 2022 Friday’s deliberations ended on a sour note, with the sides pausing talks and putting the onus on their leaders—namely, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen—to find some common ground over the weekend. Rey Mashayekhi, Fortune, 5 Dec. 2020 As a junior at MSU, Appling was the team's leading scorer but his college career ended on a sour note with a wrist injury that disrupted his professional prospects. Miriam Marini, Detroit Free Press, 13 Feb. 2023 The Frogs had a chance to tie the game in the final seconds; Baugh missed the contested midrange badly, ending his spectacular performance on a sour note. Dallas News, 11 Feb. 2023 The Cardinals won five of their last seven games to earn their third straight bowl appearance, but their regular season ended on a sour note with a loss to intrastate archrival Kentucky. Julian Benbow, BostonGlobe.com, 16 Dec. 2022 Consumers finished 2021 on a sour note as Covid-19 cases spread and inflation reached the highest level in almost four decades. Wsj Staff, WSJ, 13 Feb. 2022 See More

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“On a sour note.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/on%20a%20sour%20note. Accessed 29 May. 2023.

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