grass is always greener on the other side, the

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grass is always greener on the other side, the

A different situation always seems better than one's own. For example, Bob always thinks the grass is greener elsewhere, which accounts for his constant job changes. This expression, an ancient proverb cited by Erasmus in the 15th century, is so well known that it is often shortened.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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