Definition of basket case
- an economic basket case
I was so worried about losing my job that I was a complete basket case.
a business that was once very successful but is now a financial basket case
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: 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
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without deliberation, pause, or delay
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