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Bad taste


a strong feeling of disgust or upset following an experience

The incident with her left a bad taste in my mouth.
Usage Note

used with “in (someone’s) mouth”
Contemporary Examples

Our obsession with the suits, the ties, the schools, the wives and the debates now leaves a bad taste.
‘No One Has Won’ Venetia Thompson May 6, 2010

As reported by LDSliving.com, Sue Perdue says, “It would be like dressing up as a Muslim—I think it would be in bad taste.”
MormonsSecret.com Uses Mitt and Ann Romney’s Faces To Sell Magical Mormon Underwear Jeesoo Park October 17, 2012

That was some heavy stuff (although the decision to allow players to skip that latter scene still leaves a bad taste in my mouth).
‘Call of Duty: Ghosts’ Review: The Juggernaut Franchise Might Be Drying Up Alec Kubas-Meyer November 11, 2013

The moment requires robust diplomacy, the kind that leaves a bad taste in your mouth but gets the job done.
Clooney’s Call to Action George Clooney, John Prendergast November 5, 2010

Black Friday is no longer simply an exercise in selfishness, greed, and bad taste.
Black Friday Is Like Occupy Wall Street Lee Siegel November 25, 2011

Historical Examples

It was bad taste, she averred, and she desired to cultivate the beautiful American language.
Madeline Payne, the Detective’s Daughter Lawrence L. Lynch

Sometimes there is evidence of imperfect taste, or of bad taste.
The American Mind Bliss Perry

I was rather smitten, but I could not go on caring for a man who had the bad taste to prefer another girl.
The Daughters of a Genius Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey

It would have been in bad taste for him to think of going—of going anything like so soon as this.
Tristram of Blent Anthony Hope

Stupidity and bad taste are the best agents for the maintenance of society in all its pristine foolishness.
Juliette Drouet’s Love-Letters to Victor Hugo Louis Guimbaud


leave a bad taste
poor taste


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