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go to hell in a bucket

 and go to hell in a handbasket
Fig. to get rapidly worse and worse. The school system in this district is going to hell in a bucket, and no mistake. His health is going to hell in a handbasket ever since he started drinking again.
See also: bucket, hell

go to hell in a handbasket/handcart

  (American informal)
if a person or system is going to hell in a handbasket, they are in an extremely bad state and becoming worse He believes the welfare system in this country is going to hell in a handcart.
See also: handbasket, hell

go to hell in a handbasket

Heading for trouble. The expression might possibly have been inspired by the heads of decapitated prisoners falling or being dumped into handbaskets or handcarts. The “handbasket” alliteration following “going to hell” caught on and was applied to anyone whose behavior was likely to lead to an unhappy consequence.
See also: handbasket, hell
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The new Meat Loaf tracks on Hell In A Handbasket include "All of Me," "The Giving Tree," "Live or Die," "Blue Sky/Mad Mad World/The Good God is a Woman and She Don't Like Ugly" (special appearance by Chuck D), "California Dreamin'" (duet with Patti Russo), "Party of One," "Another Day," "40 Days," "Our Love and Our Souls" (duet with Patti Russo), "Stand in the Storm" (special guest appearances from Trace Adkins, Lil Jon and Mark McGrath), "Blue Sky," and "Fall From Grace.
We didn't anticipate the economy going to hell in a handbasket," he said.
The onus is on us that it's not just another book showing that we're going to hell in a handbasket.
Our country is going to go down the tubes in a handbasket shortly," says Mike Quinn, area supervisor of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 793, in his blunt assessment of the provincial and national situation.
Vermont can act as a model in another way as well, says Gerstmann: "The rest of the country will be able to see that Vermont is not going to hell in a handbasket.
The alarmist in me is ready to subscribe to a prediction that the world is indeed going to hell in a handbasket without reading Kaplan.
Actually I'm a middle-aged guy who thinks the world is going to hell in a Hip-Hop handbasket.
If the world goes to hell in a handbasket our kids and grandkids can make their way
To fight the anti-life agenda requires a deep-seated conviction not only that this "culture of death" actually exists but that it is a powerful and immediate threat to both spiritual and societal life; and that, unless it is stopped, the country, as the expression has it, will go to hell in a handbasket.
Our country does, indeed, seem to be going to hell in the proverbial handbasket.
If the London marine market went to hell in a handbasket, which it has, I questioned what would happen to the coverage.
It's not foregone that it's all going to hell in a handbasket, (but it) will not lead to the best management of the fund.
It makes the television picture go to hell in a handbasket and the audio sound like World War III.