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Frankenstein's monster

Something that harms or destroys its creator and cannot be controlled. A reference to the monster in the book Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. At first, my side business seemed like a good idea, but it has turned into Frankenstein's monster, eating away at my time and finances.
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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.
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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.
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Frankenstein's monster

a thing that becomes terrifying or destructive to its maker.
Frankenstein was the title of a novel written in 1818 by Mary Shelley . The scientist Frankenstein creates and brings to life a manlike monster which eventually turns on him and destroys him; Frankenstein is not the name of the monster itself, as is often assumed.
1991 John Kingdom Local Government & Politics in Britain The factories of the bourgeoisie had created another dangerous by-product, a Frankenstein's monster posing a constant sense of threat—the working class.
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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’.
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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.
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meth monster

n. a habitual user of methamphetamine. These teenage meth monsters can be a real menace when they need juice.
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1. n. any powerful drug affecting the central nervous system. (Drugs.) This PCP is a monster. Why don’t the cops put a stop to it?
2. mod. having to do with a powerful or addictive drug. (Drugs.) Where the devil did you get that monster dust?

monster weed

n. cannabis; powerful marijuana. (Drugs.) This is what they call monster weed. Stay away from it. It may have angel dust on it.
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References in classic literature ?
If you are not a fish, why did you let this monster swallow you?
resumed Jehanne; "don't you see, sister, that this little monster is at least four years old, and that he would have less appetite for your breast than for a turnspit.
It's very subjective,'' Burns says of the criteria he applied when selecting the dozens of movie monsters that howl and hiss and fly through the one-hour documentary.
In between are snippets of silent classics such as ``Nosferatu'' (1921), clips of classics from Universal's vast vault of movie monsters and even bits of spoofy things such as ``Young Frankenstein'' (1974) and ``The Rocky Horror Picture Show'' (1975).
He vividly recalls how he became hooked on monsters as a boy in upstate New York during the summer of 1964.
Atari has shipped "Godzilla(R): Destroy All Monsters Melee," a one-to-four player monster-on-monster fighting game, to the Xbox(TM) video game system from Microsoft.
The idea behind `Godzilla(R): Destroy All Monsters Melee' is pretty simple - awesome fun, especially with three friends," said Jean-Philippe Agati, senior vice president and general manager of Infogrames' Los Angeles studio.
Godzilla(R): Destroy All Monsters Melee" pits gamers as their favorite giant monster against other escapees from Monster Island.
The digital heir to traditional toys such as building blocks, Monster Maker is a multimedia character-creation laboratory that allows children ages 3 to 8 to create and animate hundreds of original monsters.
A new Monster Mover feature allows children to turn monsters into graphic files for use in other programs.
NYSE:HTN), announces a speedy new version of its award-winning CD-ROM, Awesome Animated Monster Maker(TM).