banana republic

banana republic
1. n. a stereotypic small Central American country having continual political turmoil. (Formerly of interest to the U.S. only because it supplied bananas.)
This is no banana republic! Things like this aren’t supposed to happen here!
If you want to change governments like underwear, maybe you should emigrate to some banana republic.
2. mod. in turmoil, like a stereotypic small Central American country.
Who would think that you would have banana republic politics in your own backyard?
We’ve had enough of your banana republic tactics!

Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions. 2015.

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