banana republic


Definition of banana republic

: a small dependent country usually of the tropics especially : one run despotically

Examples of banana republic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But while the verdict was right in this case, another line has been crossed against the rule of law by political opportunists, which makes our country continue to look ever more like a banana republic. Star Tribune, 21 Apr. 2021 No aspersions intended toward an ex-East Bloc prison house or a former banana republic, but that's really embarrassing for Abraham Lincoln's last best hope. Star Tribune, 28 Mar. 2021 House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused President Trump of running a banana republic after his recent photo-op in front of St. John's Episcopal Church during protests in Washington. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, 3 June 2020 Clearly, creating an effective blanket immunity for those powerful enough to run for president is truly the stuff of banana republics. Luke Thompson, National Review, 29 Sep. 2019 By labeling law-abiding political opponents criminal and enforcing state sanctions on that basis, San Francisco is taking the path of the banana republic. David French, National Review, 10 Sep. 2019 If this is a banana republic with a few very, very rich people and everyone else living in misery, that’s a failure. Casey Tolan, The Mercury News, 9 July 2019 Marshall was one of the many kind colleagues who took me under their wing and taught me how to live in this wonderful banana republic and appreciate its unique charms. Jeff Duncan,, 28 June 2019 Two, in some of these places where WhatsApp becomes a source of every horrible rumor in these third-world banana republics these days. Eric Johnson, Recode, 5 Dec. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of banana republic

1901, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of banana republic was in 1901

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“Banana republic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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