Definition of go to hell in a handcart in US English:

go to hell in a handcart

phrase

British
informal
  • Deteriorate rapidly.

    ‘he believes that English society has gone to hell in a handcart’
    • ‘My short-term memory's gone to hell in a handcart.’
    • ‘The film festival dawned bright and sunny and then quickly went to hell in a handcart.’
    • ‘I don't think it proves that we're all going to hell in a handcart, but I do think our debt can't go on growing at the rate that it has been.’
    • ‘He's the one who can get us out of the situation we're in today, because this country is going to hell in a handcart.’
    • ‘The economy is going to hell in a handcart.’
    • ‘If there's one thing the furore has demonstrated, it's that education policy in this country is going to hell in a handcart.’
    • ‘In the next month I will know whether my life is getting on track or going to hell in a handcart.’
    • ‘The middle class is the engine of every country's economy, and if you lose it, you go to hell in a handcart.’
    • ‘This past year it's never been more obvious that the world is going to hell in a handcart.’
    • ‘We should feel ashamed about our willingness to see the bad in everything, to glory in the awfulness of others and to worry that we are all going to hell in a handcart.’