false note

false note

An indication that something is wrong, disingenuous, or deceitful. I know she apologized, but it struck a false note with me—I don't believe she meant what she said.
See also: false, note
References in classic literature ?
She passed that night, by the most tacit, and I should add, were not the word so grotesque a false note, the happiest of arrangements, with Mrs.
Prince Andrew shrugged his shoulders and frowned, as lovers of music do when they hear a false note.
I am afraid,' I would say, 'a relation of mine lost twenty-five roubles the other day through a false note,' and then I'd tell them the whole story.
To go with false notes into a bank where it's their business to spot that sort of thing
What he said wasn't wrong, but it wasn't right, and a false note jarred.
Her fingers wavered on the piano--she struck a false note, confused herself in trying to set it right, and dropped her hands angrily on her lap.
Its unexpected, unlady-like harshness fell on his trained ear with the disagreeable effect of a false note.
It still seems as if a false note were not within his power to-night, and as if nothing could hurry or retard him.
Juliana's desire to make our acquaintance lucrative had been, as I have sufficiently indicated, a false note in my image of the woman who had inspired a great poet with immortal lines; but I may say here definitely that I recognized after all that it behooved me to make a large allowance for her.
It's a false note," Miss Sharp said with a laugh; and Rawdon Crawley fumed with rage and mortification.
He listened to the whole tirade in a particular lending-the-ear attitude, as if trying to detect a false note in it somewhere; then straightened him- self up and appeared to ponder sagaciously over the matter.
His fingers traveled mechanically over the worn keys of his instrument; he did not trouble himself over a false note now and again (a
Razumov, whose face was turned away from her, made a grimace like a man who hears a false note.
Weeks is like that fellow who went to hear Rubenstein and complained that he played false notes.
She made a fair and honorable average of two false notes in every five, but her soul was in arms and she never stopped to correct.