hand·​bas·​ket | \ˈhan(d)-ˌba-skət \

Definition of handbasket 

: a small portable basket usually used in the phrase to hell in a handbasket denoting rapid and utter ruination

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Theft, West Bagley Road: Police hope to identify and arrest a man who stole a handbasket filled with merchandise at about 3:45 p.m. July 24 from Dollar General, 390 West Bagley Road. Bob Sandrick, cleveland.com, "Drunk driver slams SUV into Volkswagen; strange walking man steals bikes, Cheetos from garage: Berea police blotter," 27 July 2017

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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