Tall Poppy Syndrome

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A pejorative term used in the UK, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand to describe a social phenomenon in which people of genuine merit are resented, attacked, cut down, or criticised because their talents or achievements elevate them above or distinguish them from their peers. This contrasts with Americans who (are said to) admire the ‘rugged individual’ and self-sufficient pioneers who succeed against all odds
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Allenby, a two-time winner of the EUR1.5m event after triumphing in 2003 and 2005, believes there is a "tall-poppy syndrome" at play which causes the nation's top golfers to be shot down by their home crowds.