Sour grapes

Sour grapes

Sour grapes is an expression originating from the Aesop Fable The Fox and the Grapes, meaning to deny desire for something one cannot attain.

Sour grapes may also refer to:
*"Sour Grapes" (film), a 1998 film written and directed by Larry David
*"Sour Grapes" (book), a book by William Carlos Williams
* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Strawberry_Shortcake_villains#Sour_Grapes Sour Grapes] , a character from the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strawberry_Shortcake "Strawberry Shortcake"] series


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  • Sour grapes — Sour Sour, a. [Compar. {Sourer}; superl. {Sourest}.] [OE. sour, sur, AS. s?r; akin to D. zuur, G. sauer, OHG. s?r, Icel. s?rr, Sw. sur, Dan. suur, Lith. suras salt, Russ. surovui harsh, rough. Cf. {Sorrel}, the plant.] 1. Having an acid or sharp …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sour grapes — noun uncount criticism of something that you make because you are annoyed that you cannot have it: Saying the award is meaningless is just sour grapes …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • sour grapes — When someone says something critical or negative because they are jealous, it is a case of sour grapes …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • sour grapes — sour′ grapes′ n. pretended disdain for something one does not or cannot have • Etymology: 1750–60; in allusion to Aesop s fable concerning the fox who dismissed as sour those grapes he could not reach …   From formal English to slang

  • sour grapes — ► sour grapes an attitude in which someone pretends to despise something because they cannot have it themselves. [ORIGIN: with allusion to Aesop s fable The Fox and the Grapes.] Main Entry: ↑sour …   English terms dictionary

  • sour grapes — n. [from Aesop s fable in which the fox, after futile efforts to reach some grapes, scorns them as being sour] a scorning or belittling of something only because it cannot be had or done …   English World dictionary

  • sour grapes — noun disparagement of something that is unattainable • Hypernyms: ↑disparagement, ↑depreciation, ↑derogation * * * noun plural Etymology: so called from the fable ascribed to Aesop, legendary 6th century B.C. Greek author of fables, about the fox …   Useful english dictionary

  • sour grapes —    When someone says something critical or negative because they are jealous, it is a case of sour grapes.   (Dorking School Dictionary)    ***    To say that someone s attitude is sour grapes means that they are trying to make others believe… …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • sour grapes — Meaning Acting meanly after a disappointment. Origin From The Bible, Old Testament, Ezekiel xviii. 2 The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children s teeth are set on edge . In Aesop s fable The Fox and the Grapes the fox isn t able to… …   Meaning and origin of phrases

  • Sour grapes — Grape Grape, n. [OF. grape, crape, bunch or cluster of grapes, F. grappe, akin to F. grappin grapnel, hook; fr. OHG. chrapfo hook, G. krapfen, akin to E. cramp. The sense seems to have come from the idea of clutching. Cf. {Agraffe}, {Cramp},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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