Sour-grapes definition

The act or an instance of disparaging something desirable, simply because one does not have it or cannot do it.
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Denial of the desirability of something after one has found out that it cannot be reached or acquired.

The losers' scorn for the award is pure sour grapes.

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Sour grapes is the action of making something seem less important after finding out they can't have it.

An example of sour grapes is a man saying he didn't want to date a certain woman because she was dumb, after she decided to date someone else.

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(idiomatic) A putting down or expression of disdain about something that one desires but cannot have.

I think his comments about that new car are just sour grapes because he can't afford it.

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Origin of sour-grapes

  • From the Aesop's fable The Fox and the Grapes, in which a fox, unable to reach grapes he is seeking, decides that they must have been sour.

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