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basket case

noun

: 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

Full Definition of BASKET CASE

1
:  a person who has all four limbs amputated
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

  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

First Known Use of BASKET CASE

1919

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