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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
1485-1495
1485-95; hand + basket
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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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