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武大郎 is a legendary short man. He runs a shop; and all of his employees are shorter than him. It characterizes an orgnizational phenomenon. I wonder if there is an English saying that means the same thing.

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武大郎 is a single personal sesame cake maker and vender, he had no shop, and he had no employees. He died of murder by his wife, and revenged by his younger brother 武松, this is a famous story written in book 水浒. And 武大郎 is famous for his characteristic of short. And 武大郎开店 in the allegorical saying has the explanation ( you can see it as answer for this riddle) of 长子免进(or 高我者不用), which means He will not hire who is taller than him. So this is a metaphore of describe someone being jealous of man of talent.

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    Though we know 武大郎 from <<水浒传>>,but his story was already spread possibly before the book that is written based on many 话本 at that time。 武大郎开店 is the well-known creation by famous cartoonist 方成. – wolfrevo Sep 22 '14 at 4:07
  • 武大郎 is a person that first created in 水浒传, not from other 话本. And his story is copied by other books like 金瓶梅.方成 created the cartoon just by using the allegorical saying of 武大郎开店 in 1980. – user6365 Sep 22 '14 at 6:07
  • I said "possibly",I'm not sure . – wolfrevo Sep 22 '14 at 8:08
  • I mean the kind of talent you install in your rival's camp. – George Chen Sep 22 '14 at 23:09
  • There is no special kind of talent described in this word, this saying is only to describe a person's characteristic of jealous. There is also another idiom 嫉贤妒能, which can explain this saying precisely. The translation is to be jealous of others or be envy the good, I don't know whether these words are accurate enough to match the Chinese meaning. – user6365 Sep 23 '14 at 7:17

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