green-eyed monster


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the green-eyed monster

Jealousy. The phrase comes from the Shakespeare play Othello. My daughter often succumbs to the green-eyed monster when she sees the toys that her friends have.
See also: monster

green-eyed monster

Jealousy, as in Bella knew that her husband sometimes succumbed to the green-eyed monster. This expression was coined by Shakespeare in Othello (3:3), where Iago says: "O! beware, my lord, of jealousy; it is the green-eyed monster which doth mock the meat it feeds on." It is thought to allude to cats, often green-eyed, who tease their prey. Also see green with envy.
See also: monster

the green-eyed monster

jealousy. literary
Green is traditionally the colour of jealousy, as shown in the previous idiom green with envy and in this one, where the green-eyed monster is jealousy personified. This expression is a quotation from Shakespeare 's Othello, where Iago warns: ‘O! beware my lord of jealousy; It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock The meat it feeds on’.
See also: monster

the ˌgreen-eyed ˈmonster

(humorous) a feeling of anger or unhappiness because somebody you like or love is showing interest in somebody else; jealousy: In next week’s programme we’ll be looking at the green-eyed monster, jealousy.This comes from Shakespeare’s play Othello.
See also: monster
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