Definition of tall poppy syndrome in English:

tall poppy syndrome

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[mass noun] informal
  • A perceived tendency to discredit or disparage those who have achieved notable wealth or prominence in public life.
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    • Australia's tall poppy syndrome refers to a tendency for Australians to downplay achievement to the extent of being disdainful of such people, and so to cut them down to size.
    • And I think it's condescending of personalities like Nikki Webster to say that the only reason people don't like them is because of tall poppy syndrome.
    • Maybe she's a bit too confident, and it's tall poppy syndrome.

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