[hand-bas-kit, -bah-skit]
  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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Word Origin and History for hand-basket

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

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