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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 book contains illustrations by Utah-area artists some descended from the handcart pioneers themselves depicting the landscapes and people in the story.
The handcart groups started their journey in Iowa City - the western reach of the railroad in 1856, and walked 1,300 miles to Utah, where the rapidly growing Mormon church had established several settlements.
A vulnerable population pushing their belongings 1,300 miles across a wilderness utterly foreign to them: the handcart pioneers depended enormously on luck.
Whether Cho stays on," concludes Chandler, "expect Toyota to keep pulling its handcart uphill--and to rush to the next mountain the moment it gains the summit.
WHEN these showmen go on the road they do it literally - pushing everything they need in a handcart.
I wonder if any of your good readers out there would be willing to lend me a handcart for a few days?
engineer1947To hell in a handcart Paul Roy in effect shouting "it was everybody else, not me" does not really help his cause.
The poor can start life without Sure Start, Schools shouldn't give out free meals, We can all go to hell in a handcart, If we hadn't just sold off the wheels
In short, we're going to financial hell in a handcart that could be repossessed at any moment.
SO the recession is horrible, MPs are vile and everything's going to hell in a handcart stamped Made In China.
We should be revolting in the streets as our economy goes to hell in a handcart, but the reaction to Mr Darling's depressing drone was, well, nothing really.
PESSIMISTS warn that the UK is going to Hell in a handcart.
SAUGUS - Pulling a handcart loaded with groceries, Peter Kaulbach trudged Tuesday up Bouquet Canyon Road, which washed away just below his home in a rush of muddy water.
They said the bomb planted in a handcart went off in a busy street in Islamagarh, a town near Muzaffarabad, where people were enjoying the performance of street entertainers after Friday prayers.
Sources told The Frontier Post that the explosives were planted on a handcart which were remotely detonated at the main crossing gate of the Torkham border in Khyber tribal region.