basket case


I. noun

‹informal› a person or thing regarded as useless or unable to cope.

do that for a couple of days and you become a blithering basket case.
‹informal› a country or organization that is in severe financial or economic difficulties, especially one that is unable to pay its debts.

sudden meltdowns—such as the financial crisis—can turn flourishing countries into basket cases overnight.
– origin First World War: originally US slang denoting a soldier who had lost all four limbs, thus unable to move independently.

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