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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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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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"I am relaxed, you're the basketcase," Trump shot back.
But this would send a message out to the rest of the world that (a) Greece is an economic basketcase and (b) the eurozone is a currency union incapable of sorting out its own affairs.
The goats include Brazil, India, Indonesia, South Africa and Turkey, along with Argentina, the basketcase economy.
The future looks good for the "basketcase" of four years ago.
KT12 Exile WHEN the club was bought it was just a loss making basketcase without the ground or training centre.
Vice President Xi Jinping is set to take over a country that in just a few decades has gone from a famine-wracked basketcase to the world s second-largest economy, and now has growing diplomatic heft and military reach as well.
That McKenzie's Australian will be seen by some Down Under as a step in the right direction but after reversing the fortunes of the Queensland Reds, who were a basketcase until he took over, he's certainly earned his shot.
Specifically: in Egypt, the ouster of Hosni Mubarak and ascension of the Muslim Brotherhood has forced the Brotherhood, the original modern Islamist group, to moderate itself and adopt the broader, structural interests of the Egyptian state, which includes a commitment to the peace treaty and a desire for a Palestinian state rather than the blockaded basketcase of Gaza on its border (or, perhaps worse for them, the prospect of said basketcase being absorbed into Egypt).
So let's have fun with some random song titles then, and see how many you can use during your normal day: INXS -- Mediate Sheena Easton -- Strut Def Leopard -- Hysteria Steve Miller Band -- Abracadabra Michael Sembello -- Maniac Animotion -- Obsession Swing Out Sister -- Breakout Madonna -- Vogue Guru Josh -- Infinity The Boo Radleys -- Kaleidoscope Green Day -- Basketcase
"Fans can expect great covers of top tunes including Basketcase, When I Come Around, Good Riddance, Brainstew, Boulevard of Broken Dreams, Wake Me Up When September Ends and many, many more," said organisers.
Russia was a basketcase. The military might that the intelligence reports warned of was in tatters.