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hit a sour note

To indicate, introduce, or allude to something particularly unfortunate, unpleasant, or disagreeable. News of my father's passing hit quite a sour note before my graduation ceremony. No one in the family brought attention to David's drinking problem until it started hitting a sour note at their holiday get-togethers.
See also: hit, note, sour

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

go sour

Fig. to turn bad or unpleasant. It looks like all my plans are going sour. My whole life is going sour right now.
See also: sour

*sour as vinegar

1. [of something] very sour. (*Also: as ~.) This milk is as sour as vinegar. The juice they gave us is sour as vinegar.
2. [of someone] ill-natured and disagreeable. (Fig. on {2}. *Also: as ~.) The old man greeted us ill-naturedly, his face as sour as vinegar. Jill: Is Mary in a bad mood today? Jane: Yes, sour as vinegar.
See also: sour, vinegar

sour grapes

Fig. something that one cannot have and so disparages as if it were never desirable. of course you want to buy this expensive jacket. Criticizing it is just sour grapes, but you still really want it.
See also: grape, sour

strike a sour note

 and hit a sour note
Fig. to signify something unpleasant. Jane's sad announcement struck a sour note at the annual banquet. News of the accident hit a sour note in our holiday celebration.
See also: note, sour, strike

sweet and sour

a combination of fruity sweet and sour, but not necessarily salty, flavors. (Typically referring to certain Chinese-American foods.) I prefer sweet-and-sour pork to anything else on the menu. Alice does not care for sweet-and-sour dishes, but she will usually eat whatever we serve her.
See also: and, sour, sweet

sour grapes

if you say that something someone says is sour grapes, you mean that they said it because they are jealous I don't think it's such a great job - and that's not just sour grapes because I didn't get it.
See also: grape, sour

sour grapes

Disparaging what one cannot obtain, as in The losers' scorn for the award is pure sour grapes. This expression alludes to the Greek writer Aesop's famous fable about a fox that cannot reach some grapes on a high vine and announces that they are sour. In English the fable was first recorded in William Caxton's 1484 translation, "The fox said these raisins be sour."
See also: grape, sour

sour on

Become disenchanted with, take a dislike to, as in At first they liked the new supervisor, but now they've soured on her. [c. 1860]
See also: sour

go sour

in. to turn bad or unpleasant. My whole life is going sour right now.
See also: sour
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These refineries are going to be very expensive but they are a necessity and not a luxury and they will be a much wanted asset when heavier and sourer crude is finally the only choice.
Sourer analysts will point to the fact that Wales are returning to the scene of their all-time massacre, the 96-13 annihilation of 1998, a skull and cross-bones flag that never fails to rear its head when the red shirts return.
Sourer, writing for the majority, said that the issue at hand did "not turn on the merits of municipal telecommunications services.
As the dwelling-cars drew near, there would come a whiff of pure menagerie, only a little sourer, as from men instead of monkeys.
Judge Starr criticizes the controlling plurality of Justices O'Connor, Kennedy, and Sourer in Planned Parenthood v.
Having started back at training with his club in November of 2001, last summer's championship couldn't have ended on a sourer note for the likeable veteran.
It must come as a revelation to the Justices themselves to learn that Stevens and Sourer advance almost the same views as Scalia and Thomas.
People are endlessly sympathetic when it strikes, but nothing leaves a sourer taste than unseemly haste into another's arms.
The creme fraiche enhances the flavour and gives it a bit of a kick because it's slightly sourer than cream.
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272) Justice Sourer, writing for the court, held that federal law preempted the Massachusetts law on the issue of Burma.
His dreaming of Australia has, perhaps temporarily, taken on a sourer tone.
Watch for a spin-off, midseason replacement, Celibate Squares, with a cast of celebrity celibates, including David Sourer, Sister Wendy, John Cardinal O'Connor, and hosted by Dan Quayle.
As Justice Sourer stated in his opinion, "When a fellow employee harasses, the victim can walk away or tell the offender where to go, but it may be difficult to offer such responses to a supervisor.
Martin Sourer is establishing an enviable reputation not only as one of the world's leading organists, but also as the director of one of Britain's most imaginative CD companies, ISIS.