basket case Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"basket case" in British English

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basket casenoun [C]

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basket case noun [C] (PERSON)

informal someone who is ​extremelynervous or anxious and is ​thereforeunable to ​organizetheirlife: By the end of the ​course I was a ​completebasketcase.

basket case noun [C] (COUNTRY/COMPANY)

a ​country or ​company that is very ​unsuccessfulfinancially: 20 ​years ago the ​country was an economicbasketcase.
(Definition of basket case from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"basket case" in American English

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basket casenoun [C usually sing]

 us   /ˈbæs·kɪt ˌkeɪs/ infml
someone who is made very ​anxious by the ​demands and ​pressures of something, esp. ​work: I was a basket case by the end of the ​day.
(Definition of basket case from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"basket case" in Business English

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basket casenoun [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 ​mountingdebt and the ​highestpublicspending in ​Europe.
(Definition of basket case from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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