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the grapes are sour anyway

Criticism or disparagement of that which one cannot have or achieve. The phrase originated in one of Aesop's fables, in which a fox that cannot reach some grapes deems them sour and therefore undesirable, rather than admitting that he has failed. He always mocks sports cars as being really impractical, but I think he's just sick with envy. The grapes are sour anyway, if you catch my drift. The senator's remarks about the bill turned vitriolic after her rider was rejected. She seems to be saying that the grapes are sour anyway.
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