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On the defensive

Do you make something seem less important just because you can’t have it? Sour grapes, for sure.

When Radhika lost the coveted class leader post, she was heard telling everyone, “I don’t think that was such a great job anyway...”

Ah! A classic case of sour grapes, one might say!

When you describe someone’s behaviour or opinion as sour grapes, you mean that the person is angry because he or she has not got or achieved something that he or she wanted.

In a fable by Aesop, a hungry fox noticed a bunch of juicy grapes hanging from a vine. After several attempts to reach the grapes, the fox gave up and insisted that he didn’t want them anyway because they were probably sour.

When Harilal won a lottery, his neighbour Heeralal was heard shouting “ Winning all that money can cause a lot of problems. I am glad I didn’t win it.”

Aahhh…SOUR GRAPES!

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