sour grapes

plural noun

Definition of sour grapes

: disparagement of something that has proven unattainable his criticisms are just sour grapes

Examples of sour grapes in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That’s certainly true for me, and my saying that is not sour grapes. al, 26 Oct. 2021 For one, the optics of trying to change the recall process after someone was successfully recalled gave the impression of sour grapes, Kousser said. San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Sep. 2021 That’s sour grapes, and all people care about is the score, to be honest with you., 10 Aug. 2021 Tesson, being French and conversant with La Fontaine, regards this as an instance of sour grapes. Kathryn Schulz, The New Yorker, 5 July 2021 Hidalgo, the Harris County judge, said much of the legislation stemmed from sour grapes from supporters of former President Donald Trump, who has been pushing the false narrative that the election was stolen from him because of voter fraud. Gromer Jeffers Jr., Dallas News, 30 May 2021 But to dismiss the concerns as no more than sour grapes underestimates the real problem. Sharon Grigsby, Dallas News, 21 May 2021 His arguments surely will play well in Champaign, but will come off as sour grapes nationally. Shannon Ryan,, 10 Mar. 2021 In one typical clip, the commentator Graeme Souness suggested the protests were sour grapes. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 3 May 2021

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First Known Use of sour grapes

1760, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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

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The first known use of sour grapes was in 1760

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

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