go to hell in a handbasket

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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.
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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’.
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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.
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I just want people not to push the panic button that things are going to hell in a handbasket, when that's not the case at all,'' he said.
If someone tells you, in these days of much political turmoil and hubbub, that the country is going to hell in a handbasket, don't believe it.
For Richer or Poorer'' means to make a case for the simple life, but if getting back to basics means that you'd have to spend more time with the people in this movie, you should take the big city and run the risk of going to hell in a handbasket.
Here in New Orleans, the former Senate majority leader sounded another call for alarm: ``We better start focusing on education in America, or this country is going to hell in a handbasket before we know it.