the sick man of (something or somewhere)

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the sick man of (something or somewhere)

Something or some place that is particularly unsound, untenable, or doomed to fail, especially among or in comparison to its peers. Due in large part to several tumultuous years of indecision in its parliament, Greece has been the sick man of Europe since the global recession began. The banking giant, which once propped up the entire country, has now become the sick man of the economy in recent years.
See also: man, of, sick
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From being the Sick Man of Asia, the Philippines is now seen as a key emerging economy, brimming with opportunities for Filipinos and foreign investors alike, he said.
From being the perennial Sick Man of Asia, the Philippines bounced back as the new Tiger Cub Economy of Asia.
Others argue that China is driven more by the need to recover territory wrested from it during the decades it was known as the Sick Man of Asia, when pieces of it were humiliatingly annexed by European powers and Japan.
For an emergent tiger economy, the Philippines is back once more to being the sick man of Asia,'' she said.
Long dubbed "the sick man of Asia," the Philippines is finally catching up to its booming neighbors to become a newly industrialized country, and the SBMA is emerging as one of the major catalysts of this transformation.