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Calque of Tagalog isip talangka.

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  • (file)

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crab mentality (plural crab mentalities)

  1. (idiomatic, Philippines) 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.

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