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Social Interaction - Competition & Rivalry

Explore English proverbs regarding competition and rivalry with sayings like "great trees keep down little ones" and "diamond cuts diamond".

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diamond cuts diamond
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used to suggest that a person's most effective opponent or rival may be someone who is equally matched in wit, intelligence, or cunning
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great trees keep down (the) little ones
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used to imply that those who have more resources or authority can easily overshadow or control those who have less, and that this can lead to an imbalance of power or opportunity
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all men cannot be first
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used to imply that people possess varying skills, talents, and capabilities, which naturally result in different levels of achievement and ranking
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when two (men) ride together one must ride behind
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used to suggest that in any group or partnership, there must be a clear leader and a clear follower, even if both parties are equal in ability or status
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there may be blue and better blue
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used to imply that there is always room for improvement and that one should strive to be the best they can be, recognizing that there may be others who are more skilled or talented
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when Greek meets Greek, then comes the tug of war
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used to suggest that when two highly skilled or intelligent individuals or groups confront each other, the resulting rivalry or competition can be fierce and difficult to resolve
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there is no (such thing as) little enemy
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used to suggest that one should not underestimate the potential threat or danger posed by even small or seemingly insignificant opponents or challenges
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