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.
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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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Some years back, we were written off as 'The Sick Man of Asia.
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.
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.
For decades, the Philippines was the sick man of Asia.
The best way to debunk it is to read up on the Philippine economy in 1983, find out the peso exchange rate to the dollar, and the bankruptcy that led us to be labeled 'the sick man of Asia.
The Philippines, long seen as sick man of Asia, is now called Asias Rising Tiger, Asias Rising Star, and Asias Bright Spot.
Guinigundo has helped oversee an unprecedented period of growth for the country once known as '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.
From being the perennial Sick Man of Asia, the Philippines bounced back as the new Tiger Cub Economy of Asia.
As a result of its widespread reputation for corruption, massive poverty and government inefficiency, the country is referred to by its neighbors interchangeably as 'the basket case of Asia' or 'the sick man of Asia.
Benigno Aquino III for his "leadership by example" that turned the Philippines from being a sick man of Asia to one of the best performing economies in the region for the last three years.
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.
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.