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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.
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the sick man of —

a country that is politically or economically unsound, especially in comparison with its neighbours in the region specified.
In the late 19th century, following a reported comment by Tsar Nicholas I of Russia about the moribund state of the Turkish empire, the Sultan of Turkey was described as the Sick Man of Europe . The term was later extended to Turkey itself and subsequently applied to other countries.
1992 Independent He vilified the West as ‘the sick man of the modern world’ and attacked its institutions as ‘the dictatorship of the majority dressed up as democracy’.
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And Caroline Spelman, (Con Meriden) said: "We will mourn the passing of a great statesman who led the way to end the Cold War which overshadowed my generation as well as casting off the bad reputation of Britain as the sick man of Europe.
At 0200 on 22 July, four members of SEAL Team 1 parachuted with a raft out of a CGAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, C-130 aircraft, paddled to the tanker and administered antibiotics to the sick man.
Another thought came to me also: "If this is true, the same thing has probably occurred during the night in the sick man, who was in serious condition.
The sick man seems weak, on the verge of falling to his knees, but, caught in the moment of slipping, he is picked up by the bearded man--half-mother, half-friend--who helps him sit up, inviting him to suck.
Our country can no longer be called the sick man of Asia," Balisacan said.
Though a union member myself, f I was pleased Mrs T stood up to the extremists and put an end to Britain being known as the sick man of | Europe.
PRESIDENT de Gaulle once described Britain as the sick man of Europe.
FOR too many years, Scotland has lived with the shameful burden of being tagged the sick man of Europe.
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.
9 per cent, Denis Healey had 13 mini budgets and Britain was the sick man of Europe.
He was telling the party conference at Blackpool: "The sad fact is this: A generation ago, Britain was the sick man of Europe.
Report author Sir Michael Marmot, of Uni-versity College London, said: "Were this to keep on, we'd become the sick man and woman of Europe.
No mention of the police inspector who was crushed between a lorry and the gateposts and was seriously injured; that the bully boy tactics and threats of the unions was another nail in the coffin of democracy; that the average working man received lower wages than the miners, the dockers, the car workers; that no one was allowed to work in those trades (and other trades) unless they joined a union; that our ports and major manufacturing industries were shackled and that we became known as the sick man of Europe; that the government of the day had been elected by a majority of the population.
The fact of the matter is that the legacy of our past primary industries has left us the sick man of Britain, it was the English who benefited most from our hard toil and graft leaving them un-ravaged by such ailments as white finger, breathing problems and spinal problems.