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Origin of sour grapes
Words nearby sour grapes
British Dictionary definitions for sour grapes
Word Origin for sour grapes
Idioms and Phrases with sour grapes
Disparaging what one cannot obtain, as in The losers' scorn for the award is pure sour grapes. This expression alludes to the Greek writer Aesop's famous fable about a fox that cannot reach some grapes on a high vine and announces that they are sour. In English the fable was first recorded in William Caxton's 1484 translation, “The fox said these raisins be sour.”