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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

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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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Also on board are Sean Tretta (DEATH OF A GHOST HUNTER, THE PROMETHEUS PROJECT), who wrote the script, Gabe Bartalos (LEPRECHAUN, BASKETCASE 2&3), who will handle make-up and special effects, and Harry Manfredini (FRIDAY THE 13TH, HOUSE), who will score the film.
Teams shoot themselves in the foot and drop points in "gimme" games but then regain momentum with an unexpected win and the news that rivals have imploded at home to an already relegated basketcase.
Basketcase Art & Company, Elizabeth Larson-Stemke, 3063 Grouse St.
Young must take a lot of the credit for the way he has gone about rebuilding the basketcase of European rugby.
When I was brought to the club by (former owner) Sam Hammam I told him the place was a basketcase, beyond saving was how I put it," said Ridsdale.
Now it would be wrong to be too cynical about this, for the city deserves credit for having pulled itself up from being Britain's principal urban basketcase a quarter of a century ago, when it was known mostly for economic collapse, race riots and self-destructive militant socialism.
And this is a process, remember, that has reduced a nation that was once at least stable and prosperous into a basketcase in which those forced to leave their homes are now counted in millions.
WHY WOULD ANY MEXICAN IMMIGRANT WANT THE PLACE HE JUST MOVED TO BECOME PART OF THE ECONOMIC BASKETCASE HE JUST FLED FROM?
She's a basketcase (some of the only weaknesses of the book come from the cliche of the poor little rich girl).
We did it, so why can't these basketcase countries in Africa?