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be green with envy

To be very jealous of another person. My daughter loves being on stage, so she is just green with envy that Alice got the lead in the school play. When I was a kid, I threw my brother's birthday cake on the floor because I was green with envy that it wasn't my birthday.
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envy (one) for (something)

To feel jealousy toward someone for some reason. I envy my sister for her unflappable nature—criticism or judgment just does not bother her at all. Boy, do I envy you for your gorgeous red hair!
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green with envy

Very jealous of another person. My daughter loves being on stage, so she is just green with envy that Alice got the lead in the school play. When I was a kid, I threw my brother's birthday cake on the floor because I was green with envy that it wasn't my birthday.
See also: envy, green

be the envy of (someone or something)

To be that which is most admired or envied by someone or something. You guys will be the envy of the neighborhood once your new pool is finished. As the only one with a window, Beth's corner office is the envy of the department.
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envy someone for someone or something

to regard one with jealousy or resentment because of someone or something one has. I envy you for your lovely car. We all envy you for your beautiful children.
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*green with envy

Fig. appearing jealous; appearing envious. (*Typically: be ~ become ∼.) My new car made my neighbor green with envy. Bill was green with envy that I won first place.
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green with envy

Full of desire for someone's possessions or advantages; extremely covetous. For example, Her fur coat makes me green with envy. Shakespeare described envy as the green sickness ( Anthony and Cleopatra, 3:2), but the current phrase, dating from the mid-1800s, is the one most often heard. Also see green-eyed monster.
See also: envy, green

green with envy

If you are green with envy, you very much want to do something that another person is doing or have what they have. She told us she was going to live in Paris and we were all green with envy. This is the most exciting discovery I have made in 20 years of digging. Archaeologists everywhere will be green with envy. Note: This expression is usually used light-heartedly rather than disapprovingly. Note: A greenish-coloured skin on the face was traditionally believed to show jealousy.
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green with envy

very envious or jealous.
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be the envy of somebody/something

be a person or thing that other people admire and that causes feelings of envy: Our new games console was the envy of all the kids in the street.
See also: envy, of, somebody, something

ˌgreen with ˈenvy

very jealous (= wanting something that somebody else has): He was green with envy when he saw their expensive new car.
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green-eyed monster/green with envy

Jealousy. The green-eyed monster comes straight from Shakespeare’s Othello (3.3), where the villain Iago tells Othello, “O! beware, my lord, of jealousy; it is the green-ey’d monster which doth mock the meat it feeds on.” The poet’s allusion is to the green-eyed cat family who tease their prey, seeming to love and hate them at the same time. However, a greenish complexion also was associated with jealousy, and elsewhere Shakespeare wrote “Troubled with the green sickness” (Antony and Cleopatra, 3.2). Jealousy and envy are not precisely synonyms; the first is a feeling of resentment against someone who enjoys success or an advantage, or who is a rival; the second is more a feeling of covetousness with regard to someone’s possessions or advantages. Nevertheless the color green came to symbolize envy as well, although somewhat later.
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A second factor that might have affected the extent of an emotion cycle is argued to be the authenticity and appropriateness of the envier's emotion and the exposure the corporate entrepreneurs had to envy (Hareli & Rafaeli, 2008).
If workplace envy involves a collapse of understood roles and relationships such that the envier is unable to make sense of his or her world, then reconstructing a positive world through self-enhancing fantasy narratives is a highly plausible option.
Because they persist in comparing their own situations with those of others, enviers seem to experience unflattering comparisons with greater frequency than themr less envious counterparts.
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Des nominations qui n'ont rien a envier aux methodes de l'ere Moubarak.
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Leur groupe de pairs tend a les envier a cause des conduites et des symboles de prestige associes a la drague : liaisons feminines avec des etrangeres, port de vetements a la mode, ressources financieres elevees et comportements europeens.
Selon un communique de la MAP, Greg Mills, auteur de cette analyse, invite les lecteurs a un voyage de la capitale economique du Royaume a la metropole du nord Tanger, en mettant en valeur l'elan de modernisation qui marque le Maroc, avec notamment des infrastructures routieres qui n'ont rien a envier aux pays du vieux continent.
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La concision des propos n'affecte toutefois pas la qualite de la reflexion ici partagee: elle n'a rien a envier aux sommes traitant d'histoire culturelle ou d'analyse societale.