Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

sour grapes

sour grapes
1) when someone pretends to dislike something because they cannot have it themselves
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    • it's just sour grapes, if you ask me
  • Analysis
    The idiom 'sour grapes' means to diminish something or to make something seems less important because you cannot have it yourself. This idiom is used to say that someone is being negative or dismissive due to jealousy.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. Don't listen to Tom's criticisms. If you ask me, it's just sour grapes because he's jealous of you.
    2. Graham said he doesn't like my new car, but I think it's just sour grapes if you ask me.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. I don't think that job is very good anyway, so I'm not bothered that I didn't get it. That's not just sour grapes, it's the truth.
    2. The manager needs to start taking complaints about his behaviour seriously instead of dismissing them as sour grapes because he got the job despite his comparative lack of experience.
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