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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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Work Title: Sweetwater Rescue: The Willie and Martin Handcart Story
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.
PHOTO (1 -- color in Conejo only) Lancaster Stake teens pull handcarts along a fire road on Mount Gleason on Friday to re-enact the Mormon trek from Illinois in 1847.
Markets and the old handcart women go hand-in-hand, an evocative memory from days gone by.
As several handcarts from edges of road were removed while the flow of traffic improved after operation, sources informed.
A handcart owner, Mohammadullah, claimed the area had already been specified for them.
Ghulam Hazrat, the head of the Millie bus government enterprise, acknowledged they had stopped 165 buses, but said it was because parking bays on the road had been occupied by handcart sellers and there was not enough space for the bus to pull in.
I remember my mam and dad pushing their handcarts with as much as 10 cwt of spuds, each in hundred weight bags.
They previously fetched polluted water from the canal on donkeys or handcarts.
He said, RCB anti-encroachment teams confiscated handcarts, tables, counters and other goods from Dhoke Gujran, Saddar, Gawalmandi, Tench Bhatta and other areas.
Handcarts, counters, chairs, tables and other items of encroachers were confiscated which would not be returned to the encroachers and auctioned.
Tenders are invited for Supply And Delivery Of Containerized Type Ms Handcarts As Per Amc Tender Specifications And Conditions - 2000 Nos.
Handcarts are manoeuvrable because with two wheels it is easier to get them into awkward, narrow spaces where larger vehicles cannot go.
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.