- go to hell in a handbasket, to degenerate quickly and decisively: The economy has gone to hell in a handbasket.
Origin of handbasket
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Examples from the Web for handbasket
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.Mike Wallace and the Passing of an Era
April 9, 2012
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.