(as) sour as vinegar
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British pronunciation/az sˈaʊəɹ az vˈɪnɪɡə/
American pronunciation/æz sˈaɪʊɹ æz vˈɪnᵻɡɚ/
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used to describe someone who is very unpleasant or bad-tempered

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(as|) sour as vinegar definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "sour as vinegar" and when to use it?

The idiom "sour as vinegar" is an idiomatic expression that has been in use for centuries. The comparison between sourness and vinegar likely originates from the distinct taste and pungent aroma of vinegar. Vinegar is made through a fermentation process and has a sharp, acidic flavor that can evoke a strong reaction. The phrase can be used in various situations, such as describing someone's response to criticism, their general outlook on life, or their interactions with others. It is often used to emphasize the extent of someone's negative attitude or behavior, likening it to the sharp, acidic taste of vinegar.

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Her disappointment with the results made her attitude as sour as vinegar for the rest of the day.
After the argument, his mood became as sour as vinegar, and he refused to speak to anyone.
The team meeting turned tense, and the atmosphere became as sour as vinegar.
The customer's complaint left the salesperson feeling as sour as vinegar, despite their efforts to assist.
After the argument, his mood became as sour as vinegar, and he refused to speak to anyone.
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