[ 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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“I do believe that the buck stops here, that I cannot rely upon public opinion polls to tell me what is right. I do believe that right makes might and that if I am wrong, 10 angels swearing I was right would make no difference.”
See also tall poppy syndrome.
Origin of tall poppy
First recorded in 1980–85; from an anecdote about Thrasybulus, tyrant of Miletus, 7th century b.c., related in Herodotus
Words nearby tall poppy
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British Dictionary definitions for tall poppy
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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