- the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence
- Cf. OVID Ars Amatoria I. 349 fertilior seges est alienis semper in agris, the harvest is always more fruitful in another man’s fields.
1959 H. & M. WILLIAMS in J. C. Trewin Plays of Year XIX. 13 (title) The grass is greener.
1965 Which? Mar. 91 ‘The grass always looks greener on the other side of the fence,’ said another informant, explaining that while stores who do practise the system are uneasy about it..those outside constantly wonder whether results might not justify it.
2001 Spectator 15/22 Dec. 26 They push their heads through fences and get stuck (the grass on the other side really is greener: sheep invented the axiom).
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