banana republics

banana republic

noun Usually Disparaging.
any of the small countries in the tropics, especially in the Western Hemisphere, whose economies are largely dependent on fruit exports, tourism, and foreign investors.

Origin:
1930–35

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banana republic
 
n
derogatory a small country, esp in Central America, that is politically unstable and has an economy dominated by foreign interest, usually dependent on one export, such as bananas

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banana republic
"small Central American state with an economy dependent on banana production," 1935, Amer.Eng.
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A term describing any of several small nations in Latin America that have economies based on a few agricultural crops.

Note: The term banana republic is often used in a disparaging sense; it suggests an unstable government.
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