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deck envy (dek en vee) - n. Obsessive longing among apartment dwellers for a roof deck or terrace, often triggered by barbecue smells, a view onto someone else's outdoor space, or sounds of an al fresco gathering to which one is not invited.
After a long, dark winter, Patricia came down with a case of deck envy so debilitating that she kept her blinds permanently drawn so as not to accidentally gaze at the lushly landscaped south-facing roofdeck across the street.
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