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the grapes are sour

Said in conjunction with criticism or disparagement of that which one cannot have. The phrase originated in one of Aesop's fables, in which a fox that cannot reach some grapes deems them sour and therefore undesirable. A: "Now that he didn't get the part, he's saying that he didn't really want it to begin with." B: "Oh, sure. The grapes are sour now."
See also: grape, sour
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