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basket case

noun

Simple Definition of basket case

  • : a person who is very nervous, tired, etc., and is not able to think or act normally

  • : something (such as a company or a government) that is in very bad condition and close to failure

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of basket case

  1. 1 :  a person who has all four limbs amputated

  2. 2 :  a person who is mentally incapacitated or worn out (as from nervous tension); also :  one that is not functioning well or is in a run-down condition <an economic basket case>

Examples of basket case in a sentence

  1. I was so worried about losing my job that I was a complete basket case.

  2. a business that was once very successful but is now a financial basket case



1919

First Known Use of basket case

1919


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