sour grapes

plural noun

Definition of sour grapes

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

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Origin and Etymology 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


SOUR GRAPES Defined for English Language Learners

sour grapes

noun

Definition of sour grapes for English Language Learners

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


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