tall poppy syndrome

tall poppy syndrome
tall poppy syndrome noun (Aust informal)
The tendency or desire to cut any successful or prominent person down to size
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ˌtall ˈpoppy syndrome 7 [tall poppy syndrome] noun uncountable (informal, especially AustralE)
the fact of criticizing people who are richer or more successful than others

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