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b) wanting something that others have
green-eyed = neidisch
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O, beware, my lord, of jealousy!
It is the GREEN-EYED monster which doth mock
The meat it feeds on.
William Shakespeare, Othello
Jealousy: it's in your genes
The GREEN-EYED monster of jealousy may be hardwired into our DNA, but there is a lot we can do to keep it under control
Did you know?
- jealous or envious
(Collins English Dictionary)
Convinced that his wife Marilyn Monroe was having an affair, American baseball legend Joe DiMaggio once hired several private detectives to spy on her. One evening, the men learned the Hollywood starlet was planning a rendezvous of some kind.
Intent on catching her in the act, DiMaggio went to the apartment in question and kicked in the door. He was relieved to learn that his wife was not there with another man. He was less relieved to learn that she was in the apartment next door - having dinner with friends.
Note: Even native English speakers can get confused about the difference between jealous and envious. The main difference is that jealous is always applied in a negative sense and envious usually in a positive context. Here's what the Cambridge Dictionary says:
- jealous = unhappy and angry because someone has something or someone you want, or because you think they might take something or someone that you love away from you
- envious = wishing you had what another person has
SMUGGLE OWAD into today's conversation
"The neighbours were green-eyed when you drove to my house in your new car. They thought it was mine."
Thanks to Malte for suggesting today's word!
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Recall some Synonyms
When you learn the new word, recall other English words with similar meanings - having alternative ways of saying something gives you more precision and flexibility in speaking.
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