in the cart

in the cart

obsolete In trouble; in a very bleak or grim situation. All of those recent layoffs point to a company in the cart yet again. I was in dire straits there for a while, but I'm feeling much better after my hospital stay.
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in the cart

in trouble or difficulty. British informal
A cart was formerly used to take convicted criminals to the public gallows and to expose prostitutes and other offenders to public humiliation in the streets.
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References in classic literature ?
For all that," said Don Quixote, "it will be well to visit the discourtesy of that devil upon some of those in the cart, even if it were the emperor himself.
So loud were the shouts of Don Quixote, that those in the cart heard and understood them, and, guessing by the words what the speaker's intention was, Death in an instant jumped out of the cart, and the emperor, the devil carter and the angel after him, nor did the queen or the god Cupid stay behind; and all armed themselves with stones and formed in line, prepared to receive Don Quixote on the points of their pebbles.
the lad shouted back, pulling in the horse, and, smiling, he looked round at a bright, rosy-checked peasant girl who sat in the cart smiling too, and drove on.
Ivan, obviously doing his best to save her every minute of unnecessary labor, made haste, opening his arms to clutch the bundle and lay it in the cart.
When shoppers invest themselves in the cart, they don't want to go anywhere else to shop," he says.
The city objected but then relented because the sign was in the cart and not on the exterior.
Open-wheel oval racing probably will make up less than a third of the events in the CART schedule next season.
We have found a lot of interest in the cart from educators who wish to take full advantage of notebook and projector technology in the classroom," said Jane Poon, product manager for Toshiba projectors.
In addition, customers can select makes and models from a variety of manufacturers, even mixing and matching if they choose, rather than having to accept whatever the manufacturer wants to stock in the cart.
Team Motorola announced today that Michael Andretti has signed a contract to drive the #39 Honda-powered Champ Car in the CART FedEx Championship Series through the 2003 season.
After customers add an item to their cart, a checkmark is placed next to the product providing a convenient reminder that the item is already in the cart.
As the official car of CART, Mercedes-Benz supplies chief steward Wally Dallenbach's on-track safety car and participates in the CART Display Program, an educational racing exhibit which travels across the country 45 weeks each year.
Mentor Engineering hardware and the Trapeze Group software used in the CARTS fleet and call center operations will be integrated into the MJM solution.