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banana republic

n.
A small country that is economically dependent on a single export commodity, such as bananas, and is typically governed by a dictator or the armed forces.
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banana republic

n
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) derogatory a small country, esp in Central America, that is politically unstable and has an economy dominated by foreign interest, usually dependent on one export, such as bananas
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banan′a repub`lic


n.
any small nation in the tropics whose economy is largely dependent on fruit exports.
[1930–35]
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banana republic

A small country with an economy that is highly dependent on a single crop or resource, and is often ruled by a dictator or miltary junta.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.banana republic - a small country (especially in Central America) that is politically unstable and whose economy is dominated by foreign companies and depends on one export (such as bananas)
country, land, state - the territory occupied by a nation; "he returned to the land of his birth"; "he visited several European countries"
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banana republic

n (fam, pej) → repubblica delle banane
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In typical Banana Republics the huge and sprawling residences and production units of the high and mighty, invariably indulge in theft of utility facilities and taxes with issuance of SRO's, the burden of which is passed over into the bills of the poorest of the poor, even living in the ghettos: and to cover up their smart moves, a propaganda is unleashed that very few persons pay taxes in the country.
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Actually, the shenanigans surrounding the dismissal of former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan would be a bit too over the top for many self-respecting banana republics.
SIR - Brian Christley (Letters, Aug 8) expresses his view that Wales is seen by the rest of the EU as an undeveloped nation in need of the support normally reserved for banana republics, and he's quite right they do, and so do most countries that have ever even heard of Wales.