sour grapes

sour grapes

an attitude in which someone disparages or pretends to despise something because they cannot have it themselves

IN Aesop's fable The Fox and the Grapes, the fox, unable to reach the tempting bunch of grapes, comforts himself with the thought that they were probably sour anyway.

1998 - New Scientist - At 66, I can be acquitted of any sour grapes, but I feel sorry for younger MPs who have all been passed over.


hear something on the grapevine

acquire information by rumour or by unofficial communication

This phrase comes originally from an American Civil War expression when news was said to be passed by grapevine telegraph.

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