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go to hell in a handcart

To be in an extremely and increasingly bad or ruinous condition; to be on the inevitable path to utter failure or ruin. With this new president in office, our country is going to go to hell in a handcart! After our funding was cut, our project went to hell in a handcart.
See also: handcart, hell

go to hell in a handbasket

To be in an extremely and increasingly bad or ruinous condition; to be on the inevitable path to utter failure or ruin. With the way he's running things, the company is going to hell in a handbasket! After our funding was cut, our project went to hell in a handbasket.
See also: handbasket, hell

go to hell in a handbasket

undergo a rapid process of deterioration. North American informal
This expression has been recorded since the early 20th century; variants of it include go to hell in a handcart and go to hell in a basket .
1990 Nature Conservancy I read widely on environmental issues and often feel that ‘the world is going to hell in a handbasket’.
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 price we paid to be acquainted with God was a privilege to pay, and I am thankful that I was privileged to come to Zion in the Martin Handcart Company.
You make it sound like the country is going to hell in a handcart," she said.
I learnt a lot but pushing that flaming handcart around didn't do much for me.
I remember my mam and dad pushing their handcarts with as much as 10 cwt of spuds, each in hundred weight bags.
Worse, it was taking other nationals with it in the same handcart.
These people are prepared to allow everything to go to hell in a handcart in order to retain their personal privileges and power.
But if a fraction of the investment in war and weapons over the last decade had been put into a war on global warming or been put into railways and green fuel development, we wouldn't now be shivering in a snow-bound handcart going you know where.
In fact it was a memorable occasion for us as Tommy was a first cousin to my mother and I can recall Tommy just before his fight with Joe Louis travelling around the district selling salt and vinegar from a handcart.
The board member, who did not wish to be named for fear of public indifference, said: "To the ignorant masses - sorry I mean to the ordinary fan who is the lifeblood of our club - we would seem to be going to hell in a handcart once again.
There used to be a lot of interesting little shops to browse around and handcart stalls, etc .
This was done by a bunch of Scottish Labour MPs who this week exhibited exactly why the population of this country should happily see them go to hell in a handcart.
If Murphy is determined to visit hell in a handcart, for heaven's sake let's light up the fires.
Because any more festive "fun" and they're going to have to wheel me to work in a handcart.
Baer's garden this year benefited from several factors, besides the favorable weather: 44 handcart loads of horse manure and 10 inches of rye grass rototilled into the soil, plus laying fallow for two years while the Baers traveled.
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