Definition of the sick man of — in US English:

the sick man of —

phrase

  • A country that is politically or economically unsound, especially in comparison with its neighbors in the region specified.

    ‘the country had been the sick man of Europe for too long’
    • ‘Today, Europe again looks like the sick man of the global economy.’
    • ‘Britain remained the sick man of Europe, its output per worker growing by only 2.5 per cent per annum.’
    • ‘If we are not careful, Britain will again be the sick man of Europe, and the progress of the last 20 years will be lost.’
    • ‘Sema is best left alone until it can demonstrate that it is no longer the sick man of the industry.’
    • ‘‘For an emergent tiger economy, the Philippines is back once more to being the sick man of Asia,’ she said.’
    • ‘The Bulldogs on the other hand, now stand out as the sick man of the AFL.’
    • ‘Indonesia remains the sick man of ASEAN (the Association of Southeast Asian Nations).’
    • ‘Its rise from the sick man of Europe to the rich man in less than a generation is an amazing story, says Friedman.’
    • ‘Many is the occasion that I have lauded the economy's transformation from the dire days of the 1970s, when Britain was the sick man of Europe.’
    • ‘For too long, Germany has faced the ignominy of being the sick man of Europe.’