basket case


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basket case

n. Slang
One that is in a completely hopeless or useless condition: a man who became a basket case after his divorce; a country that is an economic basket case.

[Originally World War I military slang, soldier who has lost all four limbs.]

basket case

n
1. a person who is suffering from extreme nervous strain; nervous wreck
2. (Medicine) chiefly taboo US and Canadian a person who has had both arms and both legs amputated
3.
a. someone or something that is incapable of functioning normally
b. (as modifier): a basket-case economy.

bas′ket case`


n.
Slang.
1. one who is incapable of functioning normally, as due to overwhelming stress or anxiety.
2. Older Use. a person who has had all four limbs amputated.
[1915–20]

basket case

- Originally slang denoting a soldier who had lost all four limbs, thus unable to move independently.
See also related terms for limbs.
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