to go to hell in a handbasket

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - go to hell in a handbasket

"to go to hell in a handbasket"

to degenerate quickly and decisively


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - go to hell in a handbasket

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  How's your business going?

Friend 2:  Not so well.

Friend 1:  What happened?

Friend 2:  Well, in the beginning, everything was going really well.  Profits were rising.  I had a great staff.  Everything was running smoothly.

Friend 1:  And?

Friend 1:  Then one of my suppliers started to become unreliable and everything else went to hell in a handbasket.  Profits fell.  My good employees started quitting.  It was like all of a sudden everything was bad.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - go to hell in a handbasket

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  How are you and Julie getting along?

Friend 2:  Terrible.  It's like I can't seem to sustain a long-term relationship.  Inevitably, right at the two-year mark of the relationship, it all goes to hell in a handbasket.

Friend 1:  Sorry to hear that, buddy.

to go to hell in a handbasket - Usage:


to go to hell in a handbasket - Gerund Form:

Going to hell in a handbasket is not a pleasant experience.

to go to hell in a handbasket - Examples:

1)  Plan for everything going to hell in a handbasket next month.

2)  When prices went down that is when things went to hell in a handbasket. Inventory levels are currently at 19k.

3)  ... how can it come to the conclusion that Canada is going to hell in a handbasket with respect to e-learning?

4)  When the world goes to hell in a handbasket, I want to be assured that I own my house and not the bank ...

5)  These people genuinely think that the US is going to hell in a handbasket and that their children (it's always about the children) will have to ...

6)  Are you convinced that the world's going to hell in a handbasket on the basis of the predictions and what's been happening for the last 10 years?

7)  Okay, so we all know it's going to hell in a handbasket. We just don't know when.

8)  This all sounds like a business headed for hell in a handbasket, or a breakup, or simple sale.

9)  ... yeah this place has really gone to hell in a handbasket ...... thanks to years of media subversion & brainwashing.

10)  ... public are duped by this into thinking we really are going to hell in a handbasket.

11)  They all know the United States is going to hell in a handbasket and they're too cowardly to step up and try to stop it.

12)  Economically and fiscally, we're as steadily on the way to hell in a handbasket as we've ever been.

13)  If things are going to hell in a handbasket why is our life expectancy steadily improving? These are inconvenient questions.

14)  ... past was a Golden Age and that Western civilization is going to hell in a handbasket -- which it really, really isn't.

15)  We've been going to hell in a handbasket ever since Kennedy was shot.

16)  ... contrary to their belief that the whole digital world is going to hell in a handbasket because of excessive " control " by corporate actors, in reality, things are ...

17)  Sometimes it feels like the whole world is going to hell in a handbasket (I get a lot of anxiety around the Euro crisis).

18)  Who loves war at the expense of our country going to hell in a handbasket?

19)  Yes, our society is' going to hell in a handbasket'. What do we do? We start with ourselves.

20)  That all went to hell in a handbasket with M. O'Hare!