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English definition of “the grass is always greener on the other side (of the fence)”

the grass is always greener on the other side (of the fence)

saying
something that you say that means that other people always seem to be in a better situation than you, although they may not be: I sometimes think I'd be happier teaching in Spain. Oh well, the grass is always greener on the other side!
(Definition of the grass is always greener on the other side (of the fence) from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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