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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/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 handcart owners, meanwhile, have decried the move unjustifiable and uncalledfor saying the local administration was bent on depriving them of a meagre sum of amount they earn through their hard labour.
The handcarts - replicas of the originals - themselves took a beating, with cracked reaches and cross beams, and broken wheels.
Emigrants would walk west, carrying their belongings in handcarts.
A handcart owner, Mohammadullah, claimed the area had already been specified for them.
The 18 handcarts used by the Antelope Valley teens were borrowed from other churches, and are fairly faithful to those used by Mormon pioneers, Dodge said.
Hazrat said that they had asked the traffic department and the Kabul municipality to remove the handcarts selling fruit and other products from bus stops so that buses could operate as normal.
I remember my mam and dad pushing their handcarts with as much as 10 cwt of spuds, each in hundred weight bags.
vegetable and fruit handcarts and other goods which were hampering smooth traffic flow on roads.
They previously fetched polluted water from the canal on donkeys or handcarts.
Handcarts are manoeuvrable because with two wheels it is easier to get them into awkward, narrow spaces where larger vehicles cannot go.
RAWALPINDI, February 16, 2012 (Balochistan Times): City Traffic Police (CTP) with the help of Rawalpindi Cantonment Board (RCB) conducted grand anti-encroachment operation and more than 110 vegetable and fruit handcarts and other goods were confiscated.
Rawalpindi, February 16, 2012 (Frontier Star): The Cantonment Board Rawalpindi and Rawalpindi Traffic Police have launched a joint operation against the encroachments and have confiscated nearly 110 vegetable and fruit handcarts and other goods.
KABUL (PAN): Due to heavy downpour and dilapidated road structure in the capital, pedestrians were seen Monday crossing roads in handcarts as the roads were giving the look of canals.
Under special operation conducted in this regard at Chungi No 22, Tench Bhatta Road, Dhoke Saydian chowk, Girja Road, Bakra Mandi, Dhari Hassanabad, Talimori and other bazaars over 65 handcarts and other goods were confiscated.
He said that there were large number of handcarts and shops in the area, adding that he did not have accurate information about the nature and target of the blast.