a banana republic

a banana republic

  (informal)
a small, poor country with a weak or dishonest government People fear that the country will become a banana republic if the economy doesn't pick up.
See also: banana, republic
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ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoy-an likes to make the following remark very frequently: "Turkey is not a banana republic.
If Turkey is not a banana republic, we should not consider the tragedy in Soma to be fate.
If Turkey is not a banana republic, we will not forget the tragedy and disaster.
If Turkey is not a banana republic, Turkish people should ask for the proper prosecution of those who are responsible.
If Turkey is not a banana republic, we will not consider the massacre in Soma to be an ordinary work accident and we will not continue our normal lives.
To locate a Banana Republic store nearby, please visit BananaRepublic.
For Official Rules, prize descriptions and odds disclosure, see a Banana Republic associate.
SINN Fein will turn Ireland into a banana republic because they still have a private army, it was claimed yesterday.
WALES could look like a banana republic if a referendum on the euro was held on the same day as the next National Assembly elections, a Tory AM has warned.
Mr Davies said that postponing the council elections yet allowing the referendum to be held would make Wales look more like a banana republic than a modern democracy.
If we are not careful we are going to start to resemble a banana republic in South America.
To fly well-heeled Republicans from over the country, to protest and storm the state's hand-recounting room, trying to break through the door to do who knows what, it really is like a banana republic.
Based on customer feedback, we feel that this petites roll-out to stores is so exciting," says Deborah Lloyd, EVP, Design and Product Development, "While the petites collection has been extremely successful online, customers now have the added advantage of walking into a Banana Republic store and trying on the same range of modern, fashionable head-to-toe looks that they have come to expect from us," said Lloyd.
True, some of the jokes are dated, but having the late outspoken sportscaster Howard Cossell playing himself in ``Bananas'' - first doing play-by-play of a banana republic revolution and then of the wedding of Fielding Mellish (Allen), the film's nebbish hero - is comic genius.