tall poppy


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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.
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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.
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I think the College is seen as being the Tall Poppy and NZNO is looking after the rest.
The "stand up" director easily becomes that "tall poppy" subject to the tender--or not so tender--ministrations of a sharp--or not so sharp--scythe.
New Zealand is known for upholding the "tall poppy syndrome" - you're vulnerable if you stand out too much - and Trish has first-hand experience of this.
This is known as the 'tall poppy complex,' meaning that people will not succeed above the rest because they do not want to stand out and be picked on or looked down upon in that culture.
Those who do leave find themselves subject to the so-called 'tall poppy syndrome' - resentment from fellow Australians that they are perceived as 'not good enough' - until such time as the prodigal has made a big enough reputation elsewhere to come back and be feted.
Some viewed the "cash-for-comment" situation as arising from Australia's "Tall Poppy" syndrome, which needs to be examined to understand the unfolding of some issues in this country.
Far from cutting down this tall poppy, we have proudly, parochially, celebrated his work in the most uncritical fashion.
This preliminary study compares aspects of validity for Carr's[2] Motivational Gravity Scenario Scale (MGSS) and for Feather's[6] Tall Poppy Scale (TPS), within a reportedly equalitarian Australian work context[10].
Menzies School of Health Research clinical research fellow Matthew Grigg has been named the 2017 NT Young Tall Poppy Scientist of the Year and Minister Joyce said this honour reflected the important work being carried out at Menzies.
Immunisation Advisory Centre education facilitator for the Midlands region Michelle Tanner won the Tall Poppy award for her work in immunisation in New Zealand and with Rotary International on polio eradication.
We call it the tall poppy syndrome in New Zealand, where if someone sticks their head up they get it chopped off and I just think it's so wrong for young men.
As a reviewee myself (tall poppy, head bobbing above parapet, slightly fragile), I have a couple of self-imposed reviewing rules.
Kate has won 11 prizes and awards, her most recent being the Young Tall Poppy Award in October this year.
This shower don't care what colour the tall poppy is - they just want to hack it down.