the nail that sticks out gets hammered down

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Calque of Japanese 出る釘は打たれる (deru kugi wa utareru)

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the nail that sticks out gets hammered down

  1. (idiomatic) Those who are too different or conspicuous get criticized or sanctioned by others.

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