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handbasket

[hand-bas-kit, -bah-skit] /ˈhændˌbæs kɪt, -ˌbɑ skɪt/
noun
1.
a small basket with a handle for carrying by hand.
Idioms
2.
go to hell in a handbasket, to degenerate quickly and decisively:
The economy has gone to hell in a handbasket.
Origin of handbasket
1485-1495
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
Slang definitions & phrases for handbasket

handbasket

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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