sour grapes

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - sour grapes

"sour grapes"

to be negative about something because you are angry or jealous that you cannot have it, and secretly really want it


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - sour grapes

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  I'm sure glad that I didn't get that promotion. All that travel and extra workload would be terrible. Not to mention, I didn't suck up to the boss like Bob did.

Colleague 2:  Seriously?  You didn't want the promotion?  You didn't want the extra money, opportunity and prestige?

Colleague 1:  No way.  Too much trouble.

Colleague 2:  Sounds like sour grapes to me.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - sour grapes

Two students are talking ...

Student 1:  You spent months practicing for the debate team and I know you really wanted to get on the team. Why aren't you upset that you didn't get on?

Student 2:  Who wants to be on a stupid debating team anyways? Just a bunch of geeks full of hot air arguing on a stage. Besides, I have more important things to do.

Student 1:  Sounds like sour grapes to me.

Student 2:  Perhaps it is a character flaw that I am not a gracious loser.

sour grapes - Usage:


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sour grapes - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for sour grapes.

sour grapes - Examples:

1)  ... but so bitter. The iPhone one sounds like sour grapes from a guy too poor to buy a good phone.

2)  To make so many points about how irritating it is screams of sour grapes to me.

3)  ... conscious decision on her part, and that everyone whining here should put their sour grapes away about the opportunities she's gotten. Who are any of us to say ...

4)  ... game's concerned, I lost, and you both beat me. No sour grapes, no bitterness. With all sincerity, I congratulate both of you for making ...

5)  And many will say that this is just sour grapes about losing an election.

6)  ... non-librarian library worker bitching about librarians. sound a bit unprofessional and hints of sour grapes.

7)  ... like it's a sin to be successful in America... it is just sour grapes. Success comes from hard work... or family money.

8)  This is sour grapes less successful people use to rationalize their inability to succeed.

9)  ... cries foul after a defeat, more often than not the charge is simply sour grapes, ...

10)  Aren't you open to charges that this is all sour grapes, because they demoted you and reduced your leverage, ...

11)  ... will quickly recognize that the claim of incipient senility is mere sour grapes by his present opponents who were his former comrades.

12)  By the way, I won the helicopter competition, so there are no sour grapes here.

13)  I am all for secession. This is about more than sour grapes and being a poor loser.

14)  ... ridiculed my complaints, ascribing them to sour grapes over not having received an appointment myself.

15)  ... it that really "wanted things", Bill, and who has got sour grapes about not getting them?

16)  ... the review, most people I've spoken with agree, seems to be sour grapes that the reviewer, biographer Deborah Baker, didn't get the opportunity to be ...

17)  So rather than making the same old same old sour grapes noises, how about you take an HONEST look at what happened, stop looking ...

18)  Do I detect some sour grapes? Hardly. I would never trade places with you, not ...

19)  Articles like these always strike me as sour grapes from some outsider looking in, lamenting the inner rituals and lifestyles of a privileged ...

20)  Although most opinion leaders dismissed Rove's observation as the sour grapes whining of a notably sore loser, it's impossible to argue with his numbers ...