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Meaning of “sour grapes” in the English Dictionary

"sour grapes" in British English

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sour grapes

If you ​describe someone's ​behaviour or ​opinion as sour ​grapes, you ​mean that that ​person is ​angry because they have not got or ​achieved something that they ​wanted: I don't ​think it's such a ​greatjob - and that's not just sour ​grapes because I didn't get it.
(Definition of sour grapes from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"sour grapes" in American English

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sour grapesnoun [U]

 /ˈsɑʊər ˈɡreɪps/
badbehavior that ​happens because someone ​else is more ​successful: Are his ​criticismsjustified, or is this a ​case of sour grapes from a less ​successfulartist?
(Definition of sour grapes from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “sour grapes”
in Chinese (Simplified) 酸葡萄(指由于得不到而贬低某物)…
in Chinese (Traditional) 酸葡萄(指由於得不到而貶低某物)…
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