banana republic

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banana republic

n.
A small country that is economically dependent on a single export commodity, such as bananas, and is typically governed by a dictator or the armed forces.

banana republic

n
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) 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

banan′a repub`lic


n.
any small nation in the tropics whose economy is largely dependent on fruit exports.
[1930–35]

banana republic

A small country with an economy that is highly dependent on a single crop or resource, and is often ruled by a dictator or miltary junta.
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Noun1.banana republic - a small country (especially in Central America) that is politically unstable and whose economy is dominated by foreign companies and depends on one export (such as bananas)
country, land, state - the territory occupied by a nation; "he returned to the land of his birth"; "he visited several European countries"
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banana republic

n (fam, pej) → repubblica delle banane
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