basket case definition

  • noun:
    • Slang One that is in an entirely hopeless or worthless problem: "He instantly becomes a psychological basket case, embittered to the point of craziness” ( Nyc). "After World War I, as soon as the Hapsburg empire was split-up, small Austria felt a basket situation” ( Paul A. Samuelson).
    • Offensive Slang an individual, especially a soldier, that has had all limbs amputated.
    • One made powerless or ineffective, as by nerves, panic or anxiety.
    • A country in a challenging financial or financial situation.
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