[ hand-bas-kit, -bah-skit ]


  1. a small basket with a handle for carrying by hand.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of handbasket1

First recorded in 1485–95; hand + basket

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Idioms and Phrases

  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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Example Sentences

You think the country has gone to “hell in a handbasket” under the current administration and party leadership.

Yes, it can be argued the country has gone to “hell in a handbasket.”

This is not a lament that things have gone to hell in a handbasket since some mythical golden era.

He told me the country was going to Rome in a handbasket, or something like that.

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

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

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


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Definitions and idiom definitions from Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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