green-eyed monster

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Noun[edit]

green-eyed monster ‎(uncountable)

  1. (colloquial) Envy, jealousy, covetousness.
    • 1603, William Shakespeare, The Tragedy of Othello, Act 3, scene III, line 165-167 (178–180 in later revision):
      [Iago:] O, beware, my lord, of jealousy;
      It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock
      The meat it feeds on; [...]
    • 1960, P. G. Wodehouse, “XV”, in Jeeves in the Offing:
      The green-eyed monster had bitten [Jeeves]. He was miffed because he wasn't the brains behind this binge, the blue prints for it having been laid down by a rival. Even great men have their weaknesses.

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Usually prefaced by "the".