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tall poppy

One who has a lot of wealth, fame, or social prominence. She may be a tall poppy, as you describe her, but she never flaunts her wealth or treats others with disrespect.
See also: poppy, tall

*red as a cherry

 and *red as a poppy; *red as a rose; *red as a ruby; *red as blood
bright red. (*Also: as ~.) When she came in from ice-skating, Clara's nose was as red as a cherry. When her boss praised her in front of the whole office, Emily turned red as a poppy. I would like to make a dress out of that beautiful velvet that is red as a rose. Jane painted her fingernails with polish as red as a ruby. I want to have my car painted red as blood.
See also: cherry, red

a tall poppy

a privileged or distinguished person.
The Roman tyrant Tarquin was reputed to have struck off the heads of poppies as a gruesomely graphic demonstration of the way in which the important men of a captured city should be treated. In recent years, the term tall poppy syndrome has also developed, referring to a tendency to discredit or disparage people who have become rich, famous, or socially prominent.
1991 Lynn Barber Mostly Men Journalists on the whole tend to be egalitarian-minded and contemptous of tall poppies, but I prefer the prima donnas.
See also: poppy, tall
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You can visit the installation until November 21, and donations will go to Blind Veterans UK and The Royal British Legion poppy appeal.
As an ex-serviceman, I can't see a time when I won't wear a poppy to show my respect on Remembrance Sunday.
The Royal British Legion's Cardiff Poppy Day aimed to raise PS20,000 for the charity by encouraging people to donate to the cause, which provides thousands of veterans, service men and women and their families with vital advice and support.
This year's poppy shop opened yesterday at the Central Library in Smithford Way.
Hundreds of celebrities are set to take to social media to share why they wear a poppy in an effort to inspire the public to do the same.
We would like to thank everyone who has purchased a locally made poppy and helped us raise so much money for the RBL.
Each child made the symbol of a poppy which they turned into a head dress and together they formed a field of poppies in the hall.
by Ramin on 18 August, 2014 - 10:05 ZARANJ (Pajhwok): In yet another tragic development, Taliban force farmers to grow poppy in southwestern Nimroz province, an official said.
During the First World War, the battlefields across Europe created ideal conditions for the poppy to flourish.