Tall poppy

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British pronunciation/tˈɔːl pˈɒpi/
American pronunciation/tˈɔːl pˈɑːpi/
Tall poppy
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a successful person who becomes the target of criticism or resentment from others because of their achievements or prominence

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tall poppy definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "tall poppy" and when to use it?

a poppy is a type of flowering plant that is known for its bright, colorful petals. In ancient Greece, poppies were commonly grown as a crop, and farmers would often cut down any poppies that grew taller than the others. This practice was seen as a way to ensure that the entire crop would be harvested at the same time and would be of a consistent quality. Just as the tall poppies were cut down to make sure they did not grow taller than the rest, successful or outstanding individuals might be criticized or resented for being different and standing out from others.

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When the actor won an award for her performance, some critics accused her of being a tall poppy, saying that she was overrated and undeserving of the recognition.
The CEO was proud of her company's success, but she knew that being a tall poppy could also make her a target for criticism and envy.
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