crab mentality

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A way of thinking best described by the phrase "if I can't have it, neither can you." The metaphor refers to a pot of crabs in which one tries to escape over the side, but is relentlessly pulled down by the others in the pot.

Etymology:

  • Calque of Tagalog isip talangka.
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Submitted on September 01, 2009

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mentalità di granchio

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