sour note

sour note

A particularly unfortunate, unpleasant, or disagreeable topic of news, information, or conversation. News of my father's passing hit quite a sour note before my graduation ceremony. The CEO's speech at the Annual General Meeting ended on quite a sour note when he announced that there would be company-wide pay cuts and layoffs.
See also: note, sour
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Summary: Berg, Caio net winners but injury to Abdulrahman and Barman end match on sour note
ON A SOUR NOTEKenya started their innings on a sour note when Rashiv Joshi (2/14) had opening batsman, Rene Were caught for a duck by Rommel Shahzard with a score of seven runs showing on the scoreboard.
The New Year is likely to begin on a sour note for motorists as CPC Corporation, Taiwan announced it would hike gasoline prices to their highest levels in three years.
Jason Kerr drilled home the only goal after the interval but the match ended on a sour note when he and Brechin's Ally Love were red-carded for an off-the-ball incident.
On a sour note, l read three national newspapers and there was not one mention of Birmingham's success at winning the bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
The wing-back's superb season for Chelsea after being loaned out in the last three seasons ended on a sour note when he was sent off after being shown a second yellow for diving.
The new fiscal year began on a sour note for bank credit growth, which slipped to 4.
Tom Elliott's early opener for the Dons was cancelled out by Chris Clements' freekick, but the game ended on a sour note when Lyle Taylor was sent off.
The only sour note was that Haskell should have been awarded a penalty try when he was illegally held up at the posts.
What began as a bright beginning for Target's Canadian venture is ending on a sour note.
The game ended on a sour note for Arsenal when forward Theo Walcott had to be stretchered off after falling awkwardly, but he showed that he remained in high spirits by goading the visiting fans as he was carried away, the report added.
We don't want to go off on our holidays now on a sour note.
The intricate twists and turns of the plot are enough to keep everyone guessing, and if the film has one sour note, it's that Lathan and Mendes are criminally underused.
The first half finished on a sour note as Tollesby skipper Tom Brunskill was forced off with a serious ankle injury.
Vilanova responded by striking the Portuguese on the side of the head as another meeting between the two Spanish superpowers ended on a sour note following last season's similarly ill-tempered Champions League semi-final ties.