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basket case

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishbasket caseˈbasket case noun [countable] 🔊 🔊 1 informalNERVOUS someone who you think is crazy syn nut case2 a country with many severe economic and social problems that are likely to continue for a long time
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basket caseMom was a complete basket case at our wedding.By any measure, the delta is an environmental basket case.Compared to them, I was without skill, a vocational basket case.
From Longman Business Dictionarybasket caseˈbasket ˌcase noun [countable usually singular] journalismECONOMICS a company, country, or economy that is doing so badly and has so many problems that it is likely to fail completelyBy any standard, the area is aneconomic basket case.
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