tall poppy syndrome


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tall poppy syndrome

n
informal Austral a tendency to disparage any person who has achieved great prominence or wealth
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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.
Rick said that we don't have a "tall poppy syndrome" in this country; what we have is a "small poppy syndrome" by which anyone who works for a living is only further cut down.
This notion of tall poppy syndrome dates back to Ancient Greek writers Herodotus and Aristotle, with Periander, the second tyrant of Corinth, searching for the most effective way to govern his city.
"I have got the opposite of tall poppy syndrome," he said, when asked about Boris's success.
Tall Poppy Syndrome is defined as a tendency to discredit or disparage any person who has achieved success in public life (the usage noted to be "now chiefly Australian") (tall poppy [p 2285] in Brown, 2002).
Henson is suffering from tall poppy syndrome - all his actions are minutely scrutinised and he was punished more for who he was than what he did.
It was a most un-America attack of tall poppy syndrome. Though he can come across as a little pompous at times, there seems to have been a particular delight in celebrating the Oscar winning artist's failure.
And with recent films like The Castle (Rob Sitch, 1997) and The Dish (Rob Sitch, 2000) doing so well, it seems that the well-worn theme of the Australian tall poppy syndrome has been getting a fair run.
"I understand there is a tall poppy syndrome in the UK, where the leaders get heavily criticised.