Definition of go to hell in a handbasket in English:

go to hell in a handbasket

phrase

informal
  • Deteriorate rapidly.

    ‘the world is going to hell in a handbasket’
    • ‘And if he's out falling off his bike again while the country is going to hell in a handbasket then people need to know that too.’
    • ‘Signs of a global recession inevitably conjure up thoughts of the last time the whole world went to hell in a handbasket: the Great Depression of the 1930s.’
    • ‘I found things were going to hell in a handbasket.’
    • ‘I mean the whole world is going to hell in a handbasket and everybody is just going, ‘Oh yes, but, ah, we have a new phone.’’
    • ‘I suspect that both may argue we're going to hell in a handbasket but surely for different reasons.’
    • ‘Rob, Russell, the world is going to hell in a handbasket.’
    • ‘Fitness does wonders to empower you, especially at a time when we seem to be going to hell in a handbasket.’
    • ‘I usually have little sympathy with claims that the culture is going to hell in a handbasket, but after seeing those numbers, I instinctively concluded, ‘the culture is going to hell in a handbasket.’’
    • ‘As I say in the column: if we're going to hell in a handbasket, can't we have a nicer handbasket?’
    • ‘I avenged Ellie's death, yes, but I still have to get my revenge because your life got better while mine went to hell in a handbasket.’
    • ‘As a Christian, I was used to hearing Christians whine about our godless country going to hell in a handbasket.’
    • ‘The title of this entry is taken from a witty little Ray Davis song about a newspaper letter writer who wonders why the world is going to hell in a handbasket whilst government is proclaiming ‘all is well’.’
    • ‘In any case, with the world going to hell in a handbasket, I have many more important things to worry about.’
    • ‘Once my competitors got onto our scent, things went to hell in a handbasket.’
    • ‘This entire situation is going to hell in a handbasket.’
    • ‘But the fact that some of us have had to settle for jobs less lucrative or fulfilling than we expected does not mean that the whole world is going to hell in a handbasket.’
    • ‘You know all the Democrats are going to hell in a handbasket.’
    • ‘Aging pretty much amounts to going to hell in a handbasket.’
    • ‘Look, I know the world seems like it is going to hell in a handbasket.’
    • ‘This is hardly radical stuff; both extremes believe we're going to hell in a handbasket (as extremes do), and so are likely pick on the same things as being the causes and/or symptoms of our decline and imminent destruction.’