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banana republic

an undeveloped, tropical country with a corrupt government





"Britain on the eve of the Thatcher years was in a very sorry state. I remember flying from London to Hong Kong in January 1979. There were half a dozen strikes going on in Britain - baggage handlers, railroads, hospital workers, even grave-diggers. Inflation was at 13 per cent, and the economy was a wreck - the IMF had stepped in three years earlier to impose financial constraints, as if we were some Caribbean BANANA REPUBLIC."

(John Derbyshire in National Review, 28 March 2002)

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Banana Republic is a well-known US retail chain, but it has a more general, colloquial meaning:

"A small country, typically in central America, often run by a dictator, often corrupt, and where the economy is dependent upon fruit exports, tourism, etc."

This term has rather negative associations, so be careful when using it to describe your holiday resort!

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