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The expression, which implies the meat is placed on a counter too high for the cat to reach, is used when someone who can't achieve a position which is notoriously high or expensive, would pretend they don't like it. "Gorbeh dastesh be goosht nemireseh migeh boo mideh" Example: I don't like Ferraris, seats are too low. (said by someone owning a Fiat 500) Or: I don't like to own that $20M house up the hill, it's a long drive to get there.(said by a non millionnaire).


Thanks for the answer... "The fox can't reach the grapes, says they are sour." is an acceptable equivalent. Although in Persian it's used as an expression and a proverb exactly as mentioned above while the sentence with the fox is actually never used as is, but rather "sour grapes" as a reference to the fable. This is not a duplicate of the Jealousy question IMO. They are not jealous, maybe hypocrite. A duplicate is when the same question is asked. You can't consider any question related to jealousy as duplicate! I wanted to know the equivalent to that specific proverb and I got it. I hope the admin will not bury this inside a mass of jealousy related questions so that it helps others.

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    "Sour grapes" is not jealousy. You can have "sour grapes" and be jealous of someone at the same time, but there doesn't have to be someone there to be jealous of to have "sour grapes" (just an unattainable thing longed for). The fox was not jealous of the tree, you know--'Hey, why are you keeping all those grapes to yourself, Mr. Tree?'--that never happened. – KannE Nov 17 '19 at 21:55
  • @KannE The OP didn't mention jealousy, but the exact situation that 'sour grapes' describes. – Kate Bunting Nov 18 '19 at 9:43
  • @Kate Bunting - Yes, that's the point I was trying to make. Thank you. My comment is referring to the so-called duplicates with "jealous(y)" in their titles. I thought that would be obvious. My apologies, I should have marked it as such (re: "duplicates" pertaining to jealousy). – KannE Nov 18 '19 at 13:04
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    So, did anyone actually read the so-called duplicates first? I'm going to bet a big fat NO. – KannE Nov 18 '19 at 13:38
  • @KannE Are you seriously saying that "someone who can't achieve a position which is notoriously high ... would pretend they don't like it" doesn't involve jealousy? And this definition of sour grapes seems to have been overlooked: << sour grapes a situation where someone criticizes another person or accuses them of using unfair methods because they are jealous of their success >> [Easy Learning Idioms Dictionary. Copyright © HarperCollins Publishers] – Edwin Ashworth Nov 18 '19 at 19:33
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sour grapes

From Aesop's fable The Fox and the Grapes, in which a fox, unable to reach grapes it is seeking, convinces itself that they must have been unripe (therefore, sour) all along and so not worthwhile trying for in the first place.

Example sentence:

I think his comments about that new car are just sour grapes because he can't afford it.

(From Wiktionary.org, both quotes.)


The Fox & the Grapes - Library of Congress Aesop Fables (read.gov/aesop)

There are many who pretend to despise and belittle that which is beyond their reach.


The meaning and origin of the expression: Sour grapes (phrases.org.uk)

In the fable The Fox and the Grapes, which is attributed to the ancient Greek writer Aesop, the fox isn't able to reach the grapes and declares them to be sour...


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    Yep, this is what I instantly thought of. – Hot Licks Nov 17 '19 at 19:16

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