greener pastures

plural noun

Definition of greener pastures

: a better or more promising situation

Examples of greener pastures in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Iber, the associate dean for student affairs at Texas Tech, said these sons of immigrant workers are just now beginning to see greener pastures, though. Joseph Salvador, USA TODAY, "What aren't there more Latinos playing and coach high school and college football?," 14 Oct. 2020 To the surprise of many, SNL46 not only retained all of its cast members (many of whom seemed intent on pursuing greener pastures...and perhaps still are) but added three more performers: Punkie Johnson, Andrew Dismukes, and Lauren Holt. Andy Hoglund,, "Saturday Night Live recap: Chris Rock hosts season 46 in-studio premiere," 4 Oct. 2020 Ivanka skated and swiftly moved on to greener pastures: the creation of dirty money laundromats in Azerbaijan and Panama, and, as has recently come to light, the abetting of her father’s tax schemes. Casey Michel, The New Republic, "Ivanka Trump’s Starring Role in Her Father’s Financial Troubles," 30 Sep. 2020 So, is now a good time to start looking for greener pastures? Jackie Bischof, Quartz, "Should you move if your job is staying remote?," 27 Sep. 2020 Americans are fleeing the nation's big cities and seeking greener pastures in spots like Texas, Florida, Vermont, and Oregon according to new data compiled by moving company United Van Lines and provided to Bloomberg News. Alison Medley, Houston Chronicle, "Moving Out: Americans escape from big cities to Texas, Florida, and Vermont amid pandemic," 1 Sep. 2020 Dorinda Medley is the latest Housewife to hand in her shiny red apple in search of greener pastures. Ineye Komonibo,, "The Real Housewives Of New York," 25 Aug. 2020 That frustrated customers and sent them fleeing for greener pastures. David Goldman, CNN, "Microsoft drives another nail in the coffin of its most hated product," 18 Aug. 2020 Summer plans have been upended due to covid-19, but warmer weather has many folks eager to socially distance in greener pastures. Julianne Ross, CNN Underscored, "Here’s how safe it is to book a vacation rental right now," 9 July 2020

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First Known Use of greener pastures

1970, in the meaning defined above

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“Greener pastures.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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