tall poppy


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tall poppy

n
informal Austral a person who has a high salary or is otherwise prominent
[perhaps from Tarquin's decapitation of the tallest poppies in his garden, to indicate the fate of the most prominent citizens of Gabii]
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With a tight, drawish game favoured, I want 11/2 (Fred) Hazard is the tall poppy and scoops an official man of the match award.
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We also struggle with tall poppy syndrome, it might feel wrong to help someone else out, when we're just trying to get where we want to be too.
His former Munster coach Rob Penney had moved to defend him and said that Zebo had suffered from 'tall poppy syndrome' and that people had gone to curtail the likes of him, but it is not something Zebo ever felt a victim off.
e issue may be one of tall poppy syndrome or perhaps a lack of true global ambition coming from home-based Scots - big topics in their own right, but not for this article.
The Moseley website somewhat optimistically claims King stands 5ft 10ins, which he might just be with his long studs in, but Maggs is also pleased to see the 25-year-old has become a tall poppy in the Red and Black field.
Rather than subscribing to the tall poppy theory, Mr Woolford, take a leaf out of the book of another late, great, sports commentator, Bill McLaren who, when he saw a player fail, showed his knowledge and empathy of sportsmen in the brief phrase, "He'll be disappointed with that".