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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.]
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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.
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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]
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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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It was the version of the King James Bible which provided the derivation of the word "basketcase".
One MP in another part of Greater Manchester says senior officials from Greater Manchester's devolved health partnership have been trying to mediate between the three organisations for months, but to no avail, adding: "Stockport's a basketcase. It beggars belief, really."
The St Mirren THEWELSHMAN walked in to was a basketcase in the midst of a massive rebuild.
The other side of the coin is that few expected Monk to last the course at sack-happy financial basketcase Birmingham.
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Chile today is very similar to its South American neighbor Argentina in climate, and greatly inferior in population and natural resources--yet Chile is a model of a stable, free market economy (although leftism is once again beginning to make inroads), whereas Argentina remains an economic basketcase, a victim of decades of relentless, ubiquitous socialism.