“To turn green with envy “

The association of green with jealousy (as opposed to envy) is attested since around the time of Shakespeare (notably in Othello, Act III, Scene 3: “O, beware, my lord, of jealousy; it is the green-eyed monster which doth mock the meat it feeds on”).

However, Shakespeare probably did not invent this use: green was already associated with sickness, and the overproduction of yellow-green bile had long been associated with jealousy and other ‘restless’ emotions.

Other Proverbs

A fleeing enemy, silver bridge ( A enemigo que huye puente de plata)
Who grasps at too much loses everything
Appetite comes with eating
“Be more apañao’ that a peseta”

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