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green-eyed monster

noun
1.
jealousy:
Othello fell under the sway of the green-eyed monster.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605
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green-eyed monster

Jealousy, as in Bella knew that her husband sometimes succumbed to the green-eyed monster . This expression was coined by Shakespeare in Othello (3:3), where Iago says: “O! beware, my lord, of jealousy; it is the green-eyed monster which doth mock the meat it feeds on.” It is thought to allude to cats, often green-eyed, who tease their prey. Also see green with envy
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