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"sour note"

Posted by Kathy on March 02, 2004

I'm looking for a formal definition for sour note. I can find sour grapes but it was not used in that context.

A newspaper article said "the coaches 2 decade career ends on a sour note". This was high school basketball and they lost the coaches last game. No one in the article had sour anything and the coach had great career. I believe the term "sour note" was not used in the right context.
Thanks