green-eyed monster


: jealousy imagined as a monster that attacks people
usually used with the
Finally, he suffered from professional jealousy, although, at least in public, he kept the green-eyed monster at bay most of the time.Ron Fimrite
Can it be that Suzanne was envious because you had a date? It sounds as if the green-eyed monster may have taken over and clouded her judgment.Ann Landers

Examples of green-eyed monster in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The green-eyed monster can foster environments where people act dishonestly and undermine, belittle or freeze out their colleagues, or even sabotage their work. Lesley Evans Ogden, Discover Magazine, 15 Sep. 2021 Users were generous, without the snark of Twitter or any traces of envy, the green-eyed monster that stalks Instagram. John Seabrook, The New Yorker, 5 Dec. 2022 Honour the green-eyed monster, allow it some space in your psyche. Amy Klein,, 12 Sep. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1616, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of green-eyed monster was circa 1616

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“Green-eyed monster.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

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