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green-eyed monster

noun
1.
jealousy:
Othello fell under the sway of the green-eyed monster.
Origin of green-eyed monster
1595-1605
First recorded in 1595-1605
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  • I 'd no idea you were so susceptible to the green-eyed monster.

    Potts's Painless Cure Edward Bellamy
  • I must not forget the green-eyed monster which had so startled me.

    Peter the Whaler W.H.G. Kingston
  • Behold how the green-eyed monster turneth a friend into a critic!

    Frank Merriwell's Backers

    Burt L. Standish
  • "You are positively the green-eyed monster himself," she said.

  • It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock the meat it feeds on.

    Now It Can Be Told Philip Gibbs
  • "Lucy, you've got a fit of the green-eyed monster," said Dizzy.

    Peter Binney Archibald Marshall
  • What a hard time he is going to have of it with that green-eyed monster!

    The Actress' Daughter May Agnes Fleming
  • The green-eyed monster is of all monsters the most monstrous,—and the most unreasonable.

    He Knew He Was Right

    Anthony Trollope
  • Has the green-eyed monster already invaded your gentle soul because he doesn't show you his own letters?

Idioms and Phrases with green-eyed monster

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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