the sick man of (something or somewhere)

(redirected from the sick man of Asia)

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

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’.
See also: man, of, sick
References in periodicals archive ?
Fortunately, international recognition of the country's vibrant economic outlook through rankings such as these indicates that the sick man of Asia is nearing full recovery," he added.
Our turnaround from the sick man of Asia to the regions resilient, bright spot is something that the Filipino people can be proud of.
For an emergent tiger economy, the Philippines is back once more to being the sick man of Asia,'' she said.
For decades, the Philippines was the sick man of Asia.
Over the past five years and five months, we, together with the Filipino people, have transformed our country from the Sick Man of Asia into Asias New Darling, we have channeled our economic success into social services that make certain that our growth is inclusive, and we have begun to see the tangible impact of our long-term efforts to alleviate poverty, Aquino said.
The government is targeting as much as 8 percent growth this year for the country once known as the sick man of Asia.
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.
Indeed, the Philippines' popularity among global investors is the latest chapter in a Cinderella story for an economy once dismissed as the sick man of Asia.
As we march on the straight path, we are proving to ourselves and the world: The Sick Man of Asia has long recovered.
The [Philippines] is possibly at a crossroad, having long done away with its reputation as the sick man of Asia and being in a bright spot today.
Increase in government spending, coupled with governance reforms and sound macroeconomic policies, helped the country bounce back from being the sick man of Asia just four years ago to a rare bright spot, Purisima said.
2 percent in the first five years of the Aquino administration was also the fastest since the late 1970s such that Aquino's economic managers declared that the Philippines was no longer the sick man of Asia, but the region's rising star.
The days when we were called the Sick Man of Asia are becoming a distant memory," he said in the televised forum, noting that Philippines is now referred to as "Asia's Bright Spot," or the "New Asian Tiger.
With Aquino's good-governance-is-good-economics mantra, the Philippines was able to shed off the Sick Man of Asia stigma.
Aquino hailed the transformation of the Philippines during his term from being the sick man of Asia to one of the world's fastest-growing economies.