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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Cllr Storey said: "Go back to the 1980s and 1990s and Liverpool was seen as a basket case.
The survey described Dublin as "Wall Street on the Liffey" and said in just a few decades Ireland had transformed itself from "economic basket case to Celtic brawler".
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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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Add into the mix the aftermath of a messy divorce resulting from the husband's affairs with a younger woman, and the shared burden of putting poor, smelly Toby the dog - once the lively, much-loved centre of the family unit - to sleep, and you have Basket Case.
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WALES' economy was last night dubbed "the basket case of the UK" after a report showed the nation suffered the worst decline in relative income levels in the UK over two decades.
We are a vibrant council - not a basket case," said Cllr Dunning.