tall poppy

[ tawl-pop-ee ]
/ ˈtɔl ˈpɒp i /

noun Chiefly Australian, New Zealand Informal

a person of great success, talent, or status: They are the best and the brightest, our very own tall poppies.

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Origin of tall poppy

First recorded in 1980–85; from an anecdote about Thrasybulus, tyrant of Miletus, 7th century b.c., related in Herodotus
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British Dictionary definitions for tall poppy

tall poppy

noun

Australian informal a person who has a high salary or is otherwise prominent

Word Origin for tall poppy

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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