tall poppy


tall poppy
A person who stands out from the crowd by being successful, rich, or famous. It is often said that Australians have a tendency to cut tall poppies down to size by denigrating them. This is known as the tall poppy syndrome. First recorded 1902.

Australian idioms. 2014.

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  • tall poppy — /tɔl ˈpɒpi/ (say tawl popee) noun (plural tall poppies) someone who is pre eminent in a particular field; a person with outstanding ability, wealth, or status: *Sir Gustav, the Australian of the Year, said Australians had a tendency to cut down… …   Australian English dictionary

  • tall poppy — noun A conspicuously successful person, especially one who attracts envious hostility …   Wiktionary

  • Tall poppy syndrome — (TPS) is a pejorative term used in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and New Zealand to describe what is seen as a leveling social attitude. Someone is said to be a target of tall poppy syndrome when his or her assumption of a higher economic …   Wikipedia

  • tall poppy syndrome — noun (Aust informal) The tendency or desire to cut any successful or prominent person down to size • • • Main Entry: ↑tall * * * ˌtall ˈpoppy syndrome 7 [tall poppy syndrome] noun …   Useful english dictionary

  • tall poppy syndrome — tall poppy ,syndrome noun uncount AUSTRALIAN in Australia, the tendency to criticize other Australians who have become successful …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • tall poppy syndrome — noun a desire to diminish in stature those people who have attained excellence: *While the tall poppy syndrome continues to reign in Australia, players like Norman will take a hammering from those who choose to dig out the worst when an athlete… …   Australian English dictionary

  • tall poppy syndrome — noun The tendency to disparage conspicuously successful people …   Wiktionary

  • Tall poppy syndrome — the tendency to criticize successful people …   Dictionary of Australian slang

  • tall poppy syndrome — Australian Slang the tendency to criticize successful people …   English dialects glossary

  • tall poppy syndrome — noun informal a perceived tendency to discredit or disparage those who have achieved wealth or public prominence …   English new terms dictionary


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