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basket case

One made powerless or ineffective, as by nerves, panic or stress.
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Some countries are breadbaskets, others basket cases.

Submitted on September 01, 2009

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basket caseIn World War 1, a victim who had one or more severed limbs. They were brought off the field in a “basket”.
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