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sorehead

1. slang A peevish, irritable, or irascible person. I used to find his dry, sarcastic humor funny before, but lately he's just been an unpleasant sorehead. The boss has been a bit of a sorehead ever since the quarterly financial reports came out. I'd avoid her right now, if you can.
2. slang A disgruntled, petulant, vindictive loser. She's always such a sorehead if she loses that I simply refuse to play with her anymore. You don't have to be such a sorehead just because you lost—Tom played the better game today, that's all.

sorehead

1. n. a grumpy person. (Also a term of address.) She’s sort of a sorehead right now. Wait a day or two and then ask her.
2. n. a poor loser. Don’t be a sorehead. You knew what you’re getting into.
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prohibits the Alabama Legislature from endorsing prayer.(42) Nor could Justice White find anything "in the language or history of the Constitution to support" the Court's discovery of a right to abortion, which he characterized as "an exercise of raw judicial power."(43) Justices Rehnquist and White were speaking in dissent, of course, but what they had to say does suggest that it is an oversimplification to dismiss citizens who express identical views as soreheads in need of instruction in basic civics.
Harking to the sober voice of reason, we decided to sever our ties with liberal hotheads and conservative soreheads alike in hopes of being a moderate like Jesus.
In the 1840s both Thomas Carlyle and Friedrich Engels, aware they were thought of as professional soreheads, diagnosed from different angles that cash payment was threatening to become the sole nexus of man with man -- Engels exclaiming at "the truly extraordinary conception of society" promoted by the English middle classes: "they really believe that human beings have a real existence only if they make money or help to make money!" And sixty years later even the imperialists were having third thoughts about their long-standing rose-coloured prospectus for the future.
Soreheads who wondered why the event couldn't be held in a park, where some actual nature was available for contemplation and where Earth Day pollution wouldn't exacerbate the ordinary annoyances of city life, were reviled as planet-hostile.
But we dismissed those complaints as coming from a lot of right brain, paranoid soreheads who just moved here from California.
On NBA basketball courts, soreheads hit refs and throw tantrums.