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English definition of “basket case”

basket case

noun [C] informal ECONOMICS, FINANCE
used especially in newspapers to describe a country, company, or organization that has very serious financial problems: The economy was described as a basket case, with mounting debt and the highest public spending in Europe.
(Definition of basket case from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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