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basket case

noun [C] uk   us  

basket case noun [C] (PERSON)

informal someone who is extremely nervous or anxious and is therefore unable to organize their life: By the end of the course I was a complete basket case.Of unsound mindStupid and silly

basket case noun [C] (COUNTRY/COMPANY)

a country or company that is very unsuccessful financially: 20 years ago the country was an economic basket case.Starting, succeeding and failing in businessFailuresAccidents and disastersHigher and lower points of achievement
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