the grass is always greener

Idiom

the grass is always greener

Definition

A phrase used to express the idea that something or someone else’s life appears better than one’s own

Examples

I always thought my neighbor’s life was so perfect, but then I realized the grass is always greener

I can’t help feeling jealous of my friend’s success, but I guess the grass is always greener

Origin

Likely dates back to at least the 1600s

FAQs

Is this idiom still used in modern English? (Yes)

What does the phrase mean? (That someone else’s life appears better than one’s own)