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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.
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.
See also: envy, of

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!
See also: envy, for

envy is the sincerest form of flattery

proverb Expressions of envy are complimentary, as they signal that someone yearns for something that you exude or possess. A: "Laura drives me nuts. I'm so jealous of her having a boyfriend, I could scream." B: "I hate to tell you this, but envy is the sincerest form of flattery."
See also: envy, flattery, form, of, sincere

fit to burst (with some emotion)

informal Experiencing such an extreme degree of some emotion as to be nearly uncontrollable. Primarily heard in UK. Dad looked fit to burst with anger after he saw the dent in his car. The kids are so excited to go to Disney World that they're simply fit to burst!
See also: burst, fit, to

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

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

turn green with envy

To become very jealous of another person. My son turns green with envy whenever his sister gets something and he doesn't. Seeing Janet get the promotion I wanted made me turn green with envy.
See also: envy, green, turn
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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.
See also: envy, for

*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.
See also: envy, green
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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.
See also: envy, green
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

green with envy

very envious or jealous.
See also: envy, green

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
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

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.
See also: envy, green

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
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

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.
See also: envy, green, monster
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