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

First recorded in 1485–95; hand + basket
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Examples from the Web for hand-basket

Historical Examples

  • As I treated her like a beggar, she shook her hand-basket, and there was money inside of it.

    The Mysteries of Paris, Volume 3 of 6

    Eugne Sue

Word Origin and History for hand-basket


late 15c., from hand (n.) + basket.

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