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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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