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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It left a sour note but we can't let that emotion come into our cricket.
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.
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.
BIRMINGHAM singing hopeful Cleo Higgins ended on a sour note when she was axed from The Voice television show.
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.
DAVIDE SOMMA'S great spell at Lincoln ended on a sour note as he was sent off in this drab encounter.
It has been a stop-start season for me but I had just got back in the team and this is very disappointing and it looks like my season is going to end on a sour note.
hotel industry has finished off 2009 on a sour note, posting declines in occupancy rates, average daily rates, and revenue per available room for the week ending Dec.
6m community centre opened in 2004 with a great fanfare has hit a sour note - and could close owing thousands.
Hart's caution was the sour note to the finale of the match.
But the day ended on a sour note for Button and Coulthard after both picked up fines for speeding in the pit lane.