leave a bad taste in (one's) mouth

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leave a bad taste in (one's) mouth

To give one a negative impression (based on something that has already happened). I don't know, man, the fact that he lied to you just leaves a bad taste in my mouth. The way they conducted the interview left a bad taste in my mouth. I don't think I'd accept the job even if they offered it.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

leave a bad taste in someone's mouth

[for something] to leave a bad feeling or memory with someone. The whole business about the missing money left a bad taste in his mouth. It was a very nice hotel, but something about it left a bad taste in my mouth.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

leave a bad taste in one's mouth

Make a lingering bad impression on one, as in The argument left a bad taste in my mouth, so after that I avoided talking politics. This expression transfers the bad taste left by consuming bitter or otherwise unpleasant food to a distasteful experience. [Mid-1800s]
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

leave a bad taste in your mouth

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leave a bad taste in the mouth

If an experience leaves a bad taste in your mouth or the mouth, you feel that there was something unpleasant about it. Some of the magazine's jokes about women leave a bad taste in the mouth. Note: Adjectives such as nasty, bitter, and sour can be used instead of bad. I'm not staying where I'm not wanted. The whole thing leaves a sour taste in my mouth.
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Many residents of Western Newfoundland find that their tap water leaves a bad taste in their mouths. Complaining about the flavour, colour and odour of their municipal supply, an unusually high percentage of folks in the area admit that they get their water from roadside springs instead.