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 Soundings.Sour Grapeism. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Sour Grapes.
Things despised because they are beyond our reach. Many men of low degree call titles and dignities “sour grapes;” and men of no parts turn up their noses at literary honours. The phrase is from Æsop’s fable called The Fox and the Grapes.   1

 Soundings.Sour Grapeism. 

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