hit a sour note

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
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A pounds 1.6m community centre opened in 2004 with a great fanfare has hit a sour note - and could close owing thousands.
A ROAD that plays the Lone Ranger theme tune has hit a sour note.
Two years later, the songsters lost pounds 11,000 when a similar event in the USA hit a sour note.
MUSIC group Sanctuary hit a sour note yesterday after record release delays led to an 'unacceptable' profits collapse.
A top-selling music mag has hit a sour note - by treating Scotland as an overseas country.