basket case


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Slang for a patient with a dread disease or terminal illness; it now usually refers to one with a hopeless psychological condition, but was first used to refer to physical injuries, specifically as a macbre term quadruple amputees during World War I

basket case

Train wreck Vox populi A derogatory term for a Pt with a dread disease or a terminal illness; a person to be pitied
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So much so I left humming Basket Case - which made me feel a bit like one.
Sometimes it works well for the company, but the individual becomes a basket case.
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Had we enjoyed the Euro we would now be another basket case like Greece.
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Leonardo DiCaprio's Hughes was a basket case, inexorably set on a downward spiral into obsessive-compulsive isolation.
Here we have an airline which is probably the greatest basket case in Europe and has lost money for 39 of the last 40 years.
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