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tall poppy syndrome Line breaks: tall poppy syn|drome

Definition of tall poppy syndrome in English:


[mass noun] informal, chiefly Australian /NZ
A perceived tendency to discredit or disparage those who have achieved notable wealth or prominence in public life.
Example sentences
  • 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.


1980s: see tall poppy.

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