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 for Sour grapes
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Grape \Grape\, n. [OF. grape, crape, bunch or cluster of grapes,
     F. grappe, akin to F. grappin grapnel, hook; fr. OHG. chrapfo
     hook, G. krapfen, akin to E. cramp. The sense seems to have
     come from the idea of clutching. Cf. Agraffe, Cramp,
     Grapnel, Grapple.]
     1. (Bot.) A well-known edible berry growing in pendent
        clusters or bunches on the grapevine. The berries are
        smooth-skinned, have a juicy pulp, and are cultivated in
        great quantities for table use and for making wine and
        raisins.
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     2. (Bot.) The plant which bears this fruit; the grapevine.
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     3. (Man.) A mangy tumor on the leg of a horse.
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     4. (Mil.) Grapeshot.
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     Grape borer. (Zool.) See Vine borer.
  
     Grape curculio (Zool.), a minute black weevil ({Craponius
        in[ae]qualis) which in the larval state eats the interior
        of grapes.
  
     Grape flower, or
  
     Grape hyacinth (Bot.), a liliaceous plant ({Muscari
        racemosum) with small blue globular flowers in a dense
        raceme.
  
     Grape+fungus+(Bot.),+a+fungus+({Oidium+Tuckeri">Grape fungus (Bot.), a fungus ({Oidium Tuckeri) on
        grapevines; vine mildew.
  
     Grape hopper (Zool.), a small yellow and red hemipterous
        insect, often very injurious to the leaves of the
        grapevine.
  
     Grape+moth+(Zool.),+a+small+moth+({Eudemis+botrana">Grape moth (Zool.), a small moth ({Eudemis botrana), which
        in the larval state eats the interior of grapes, and often
        binds them together with silk.
  
     Grape of a cannon, the cascabel or knob at the breech.
  
     Grape sugar. See Glucose.
  
     Grape worm (Zool.), the larva of the grape moth.
  
     Sour grapes, things which persons affect to despise because
        they can not possess them; -- in allusion to [AE]sop's
        fable of the fox and the grapes.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sour \Sour\, a. [Compar. Sourer; superl. Sourest.] [OE.
     sour, sur, AS. s?r; akin to D. zuur, G. sauer, OHG. s?r,
     Icel. s?rr, Sw. sur, Dan. suur, Lith. suras salt, Russ.
     surovui harsh, rough. Cf. Sorrel, the plant.]
     1. Having an acid or sharp, biting taste, like vinegar, and
        the juices of most unripe fruits; acid; tart.
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              All sour things, as vinegar, provoke appetite.
                                                    --Bacon.
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     2. Changed, as by keeping, so as to be acid, rancid, or
        musty, turned.
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     3. Disagreeable; unpleasant; hence; cross; crabbed; peevish;
        morose; as, a man of a sour temper; a sour reply. "A sour
        countenance." --Swift.
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              He was a scholar . . .
              Lofty and sour to them that loved him not,
              But to those men that sought him sweet as summer.
                                                    --Shak.
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     4. Afflictive; painful. "Sour adversity." --Shak.
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     5. Cold and unproductive; as, sour land; a sour marsh.
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     Sour dock (Bot.), sorrel.
  
     Sour gourd (Bot.), the gourdlike fruit Adansonia
        Gregorii, and Adansonia digitata; also, either of the
        trees bearing this fruit. See Adansonia.
  
     Sour grapes. See under Grape.
  
     Sour gum (Bot.) See Turelo.
  
     Sour plum (Bot.), the edible acid fruit of an Australian
        tree ({Owenia venosa); also, the tree itself, which
        furnished a hard reddish wood used by wheelwrights.
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     Syn: Acid; sharp; tart; acetous; acetose; harsh; acrimonious;
          crabbed; currish; peevish.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  sour grapes
      n 1: disparagement of something that is unattainable

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  36 Moby Thesaurus words for "sour grapes":
     acid, acidulant, belittling, bread-and-butter pickle, chokecherry,
     comedown, contempt, crab apple, decrial, depreciation, derogation,
     detraction, dill pickle, disapproval, discrediting, disgrace,
     disparagement, faint praise, green apple, indignity, knocking,
     lemon, lime, lukewarm support, minimizing, pickle, putting down,
     slighting, sour, sour balls, sour cream, sour pickle, sourdough,
     verjuice, vinegar, yogurt
  
  

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