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handbasket

[hand-bas-kit, -bah-skit]
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noun
  1. a small basket with a handle for carrying by hand.
Idioms
  1. go to hell in a handbasket, to degenerate quickly and decisively: The economy has gone to hell in a handbasket.

Origin of handbasket

First recorded in 1485–95; hand + basket
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  • He told me the country was going to Rome in a handbasket, or something like that.

    Occasion for Disaster

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • "Rome was always going to Hell in a handbasket, and finally it—" He paused.

    Occasion for Disaster

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • The world, he told himself, was going to hell in a handbasket.

    Occasion for Disaster

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • That was all very well and good, but just what was the handbasket made of?

    Occasion for Disaster

    Gordon Randall Garrett


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