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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We are now called 'emerging economy' instead of 'basket case'.
Basket Case is at His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen, from October 3.
A combination of AIDS, terrorism and economic doldrums has turned that country into a hopeless "basket case," Parry said.
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It is simply not true that Europe is a basket case. Nor, therefore, is it true that it needs to remodel itself along American lines--smaller government, lower taxes, less regulation--in order to prosper.
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His first novel, Tourist Season, was named "one of the ten best destination reads of all time" by GQ Magazine, He is the author of eight other best-selling novels, Double Whammy, Skin Tight, Native Tongue, Strip Tease, Stormy Weather, Lucky You, Sick Puppy, and Basket Case. Together Hiaasen's novels have been translated into 21 languages, and the London Observer has called him "America's finest satirical novelist." The film Striptease, based on Hiaasen's novel, was a major motion picture starring Demi Moore and Burt Reynolds.
Sub-Saharan Africa remains a basket case, and our efforts to transform the diverse parts of the former Soviet Union into productive economies have so far been a dismal failure.
Russia, it's often argued, remains an economic basket case because of the presence of oligarchs like Berezovsky, who often used the country's transition from socialism to today's would-be capitalism to ruthlessly enrich themselves.
Haiti is often described as an economic basket case: 85 percent of its people are illiterate and the average Haitian survives on less than $1 a day.
With 13 more games to play, I'm already a basket case."