green with envy

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.
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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.
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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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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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References in classic literature ?
The gleaming metal and jewels of the gorgeous ornaments of the men and women, duplicated in the trappings of the zitidars and thoats, and interspersed with the flashing colors of magnificent silks and furs and feathers, lent a barbaric splendor to the caravan which would have turned an East Indian potentate green with envy.
It turned Brer Merlin green with envy and spite, which was a great satisfaction to me.
But the two brothers had grown quite green with envy, and only declared the more that Ferko was nothing but a wicked magician.
There was enough crazy and rotten rubbish in the building to make a true brick-a-bracker green with envy.
The trophies that these Kro-lu left to the meat-eaters would have turned an English big-game hunter green with envy.
STYLISH racegoers were green with envy as Leona Skelly was named Best Dressed yesterday.
Yellow is but so is green as lawns and GREEN WITH ENVY plants come back to life.
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He may have ditched her for a sports star, but Holly is a true diamond in the rough, and it won't be long before she tees up a new man - leaving him green with envy.
My brother and cousin are green with envy, being Albion fans, and my wife - a Chelsea fan - smiled politely.
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Could Lord Cashcroft be green with envy now he is such close pals with the PM?
ARSENAL are today expected to announce annual figures that will leave many rival Premier League clubs green with envy.
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