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  1. basket case(Noun)

    One made powerless or ineffective, as by nerves, panic or stress.

  2. basket case(Noun)

    A country in a difficult economic or financial situation.

  3. Origin: The term originated from WWI British English, indicating a soldier missing both his arms and legs, who needed to be literally carried around in a litter or "basket." Today it indicates a state of helplessness similar to the metaphoric removal of the appendages.


  1. Basket Case

    "Basket Case" is a song by American punk rock band Green Day. It was released as the third single from its third album, Dookie. The song spent five weeks at the top of the Modern Rock Tracks chart.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of basket case in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of basket case in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Rocco Falconer:

    The impact of Ebola will take us completely back to it being a basket case, the impact on some activities have been simply catastrophic.

  2. Phil Flynn:

    On the face of it, this executive order should have been bullish if anything to oil, if it impedes oil moving of Venezuela in any way, but Venezuela is such a basket case that people tend to worry about so many other things concerning that country, and that's possibly what caused the market to go down.

  3. Johnny Phillips:

    California isn't circling the drain because it’s too big to govern. The state is a basket case because ruling Democrats have an unquenchable thirst for emptying the prisons, enabling an exploding homeless population and jacking up every imaginable tax, since the 1990s the state and its voters have drifted far to the left.

Images & Illustrations of basket case

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