the grass is greener on the other side

the grass is always greener (on the other side)

Other people's circumstances or belongings always seem more desirable than one's own. A: "It just seems like they have this perfect life, always traveling and spending time together." B: "Hey, the grass is always greener. I'm sure they have their own problems that no one else can see." The grass is always greener on the other side—the sooner you realize that and stop comparing your life to others', the happier you'll be!
See also: always, grass, greener, other

the ˌgrass is (always) ˈgreener on the other ˈside (of the ˈfence)

(saying) things always seem better in another place, job, etc: She says she would be able to do business better in France, but the grass is always greener on the other side!
See also: grass, greener, on, other, side
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A Bayt press release filler-outer puts that stat down to a "natural tendency to believe the grass is greener on the other side and to continuously seek out new opportunities as the Middle Eastern employment market betters.
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There are a lot of children and teens who think the grass is greener on the other side,'' said John Shehan, CyberTip manager for the organization.
Elsewhere she gives the impression that the grass is greener on the other side.
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Positioned so deeply within its niche, DCA does not think the grass is greener on the other side.
A lot of time what people look at in nationwide searches is that the grass is greener on the other side,'' said board member Steve Buffalo.
It's like a metaphor, the place where people think the grass is greener on the other side.
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