to hell in a handbasket


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to hell in a handbasket

A set phrase used to emphasize that something has gone wrong or awry. Typically used with the verb "go." I just got pulled into a meeting and assigned a huge project, so my day has really gone to hell in a handbasket. What a mess! This party really went to hell in a handbasket quickly!
See also: handbasket, hell
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I think what insurers and officials need to do is to prepare folks psychologically for the change in approach and make sure that everyone understands that everyone is simply doing a better job of disclosing the ups and downs they were going through all along, not necessarily going to hell in a handbasket any more quickly they were before the new proposed rules take effect (if they take effect).
In the two weeks of the Olympics, hundreds have been slaughtered in Syria, 23 people died in floods in the Philippines, and the world economy continued to go to hell in a handbasket.
But when it came time to defend the idea in state Supreme Court, the coalition--which had essentially told everyone who wanted to listen that without the spending caps New Hampshire would be going to hell in a handbasket, a borrowed one at that--was nowhere to be seen.
FITCHBURG - Despite the volatile stock market, the million homes in foreclosure proceedings and bailouts of financial institutions by Congress, the United States is not going to hell in a handbasket .
No one should be that OK with things when it's raining out and the country's gone to hell in a handbasket, as my mother would have us believe, were she here to remind us.
There will be more occasions when we think that the world is going to go to hell in a handbasket.
Her well-meaning family calls a priest, and the rest of the story goes to hell in a handbasket.
Clad in a fur coat, Celia Cooney made off with the aforesaid money through a series of grocery store robberies that were reported by the likes of Ring Lardner and Walter Lippman, decried as the evidence that American youth were are going to hell in a handbasket, and admired as a working class hero.
They went to Hell in a handbasket and there Was the ending for a xxxxxx xxxxxx.
MODERN ENVIRONMENTALISM, born of the radical movements of the 1960s, has often made recourse to science to press its claims that the world is going to hell in a handbasket.
The onus is on us that it's not just another book showing that we're going to hell in a handbasket.
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.
Hirata's dramas and theoretical writings have spawned a movement called "Quiet Theater," which seeks to depict the undramatic moments of daily life with intimate accuracy: a teenage Sumo wrestler sizing up his first donut, hostesses pushing teacakes while the world goes to hell in a handbasket or Korean housemaids breaking into revolutionary folksongs when their employers have their backs turned.
Cranky America doggedly insist the whole country is headed to hell in a handbasket if we don't clean up our act and demand our elected officials in Washington, D.