sour note

sour note

A particularly unfortunate, unpleasant, or disagreeable topic of news, information, or conversation. News of my father's passing hit quite a sour note before my graduation ceremony. The CEO's speech at the Annual General Meeting ended on quite a sour note when he announced that there would be company-wide pay cuts and layoffs.
See also: note, sour
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A PLAN to rewrite God Save the Queen to make it more "inclusive" has struck a sour note.
MUSIC group Sanctuary hit a sour note yesterday after record release delays led to an 'unacceptable' profits collapse.
But it ended on a sour note when the boys took to the golf course on Friday and told the BBC's top political correspondent Kirsten Campbell she could not go because she is a girl.
The only sour note was the dismissal of home second-row Matt Porter for driving into a ruck dangerously.
But his tunes - including favourites Scotland the Brave and Highland Laddie - didn't hit a sour note with one of his neighbours, who sent a letter telling him to stop the "disgraceful disturbance" and describing it as a "horrendous racket".
Sydney Opera House struck a sour note with punters in last Saturday's Listed Zetland Stakes at Newmarket.
One potential sour note for director of rugby Kevin
figure By RICHARD MWANGIbr Coast Super Kings started their defence of the South Indian Cultural Society (SICS) Twenty20 cricket title on a sour note, when they lost their opening match to Mount Kenya Chargers by five runs at Nairobi Gymkhana ground at the weekend.Batting first, Kings set a target of 139 with four wickets in hand by the time they completed their allotted overs.
The Philippine Stock Exchange index dipped 0.09 percent, or 7.25 points, to open the week on a sour note at 7,719.47.
The British number one reached a career-high ranking of 23 after making his first ATP Tour final in Marrakesh at the weekend, but a positive week ended on a sour note when he was well beaten by lowly-ranked Pablo Andujar.
Summary: Berg, Caio net winners but injury to Abdulrahman and Barman end match on sour note
The New Year is likely to begin on a sour note for motorists as CPC Corporation, Taiwan announced it would hike gasoline prices to their highest levels in three years.
On a sour note, l read three national newspapers and there was not one mention of Birmingham's success at winning the bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
The wing-back's superb season for Chelsea after being loaned out in the last three seasons ended on a sour note when he was sent off after being shown a second yellow for diving.
The new fiscal year began on a sour note for bank credit growth, which slipped to 4.32 per cent in the fortnight to April 28, much lower than the 63-year low level of 5.08 per cent in fiscal 2017, the latest RBI data showed.