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banana republic

noun, Usually Disparaging.
1.
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
1930-1935
1930-35
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British Dictionary definitions for banana-republic

banana republic

noun
1.
(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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Word Origin and History for banana-republic

banana republic

n.

"small Central American state with an economy dependent on banana production," 1901, American English.

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Slang definitions & phrases for banana-republic

banana republic

noun phrase

A small country, esp Central American, dominated by foreign companies

[1930s+; fr the fact that such places were typically under the control of the United Fruit Company and grew bananas]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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