hand·​bas·​ket | \ ˈhan(d)-ˌba-skət How to pronounce handbasket (audio) \

Definition of handbasket

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

Examples of handbasket in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If the purpose of this essay were to merely shout at the heavens, proclaiming that the world is going to hell in a handbasket because of rampant biblical illiteracy on Earth, many may be tempted to dismiss my concerns — flippantly enough. Luther Ray Abel, National Review, "How Biblical Illiteracy Is Ruining the Humanities," 17 Sep. 2020 At least as much as an unemployed football coach and his hell-in-a-handbasket Mayberry RFD nostalgia. al, "Don’t be such a drag, Tommy Tuberville. The future is a lot more important than the past.," 10 Dec. 2019 On the 1st hole, a gone-to-hell-in-a-handbasket iron plops down in the second cut. Jack Mccallum, SI.com, "The President Is Golfing," 27 June 2018 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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First Known Use of handbasket

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Handbasket.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handbasket. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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