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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The sick man was turned on to his side with his face to the wall.
He surrounded him with the tenderest and most intelligent care, until, at length, the sick man revived, little by little, in his arms, and recovered his consciousness if not his strength.
Ralph shrugged his shoulders in deprecation of the intense irritation with which this had been said; for there was an aggravating, cold distinctness in his speech and manner which so grated on the sick man that he could scarcely endure it.
And the sick man was silent, but at the same instant his wandering eyes strayed to the doorway and he saw Sonia.
Razumihin who was standing in the doorway flew into the room, seized the sick man in his strong arms and in a moment had him on the sofa.
For the sick cow a crow; for the sick man a Brahmin.
Another passenger told the ECHO that the crew gave the sick man CPR.
PRESIDENT de Gaulle once described Britain as the sick man of Europe.
It's just one of many reasons why this country has become known as The Sick Man of Europe.
LONDON, Feb 8, 2010 (TUR) -- Turkish State Minister and Chief Negotiator for EU Talks Egemen Bagis said on Monday that "Turkey was no longer the sick man of Europe".
Sharp as a sword The nurse's word; The sick man heard And plucked
Bear Nevertheless, Egyptians are described as the cultured founders of modern civilisation and we are labelled as the sick man of Europe.
I did not try to share the load, Of any brother on the road; "I did not even go to see, the sick man, just next door to me.
Chief executive David Noble said: "Though August saw a reduction in the rate of deterioration, it is still the sick man of the UK economy.
Will be also deny Britain was labelled the sick man of Europe?