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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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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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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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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In the wake of the expenses scandal, seeing Jacqui Smith and Julie Kirkbride receive yet more taxpayer money has left a bad taste in my mouth.
It wasn't a push, there wasn't any contact, and it's left a bad taste in my mouth."
''This has been a husband-and-wife trip to commemorate a birthday, but it's left a bad taste in my mouth at the end,'' the weary-looking man said as he headed for a boarding gate.
MR Gordon Ramsay, you may cook above-average fare but your recent behaviour has left a bad taste in my mouth. When my colleague Niki asked you if you'd like to participate in a feature where celebrities take pictures of their Christmas Day you happily agreed.
That's all well and good, but Pearce's moralizing skates perilously close to homophobia--he calls Wilde's adventures with rent boys typical of "life's lowest common denominator"--and his smug satisfaction with what he sees as Wilde's inevitable embrace of the church left a bad taste in my mouth.
On the quiet she was offered a healthy sum on the property by Islington council but declined the offer, saying: ''Making a profit would have left a bad taste in my mouth.''