basket case

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In 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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  • Etymology. The term originated in America after the First World War, indicating a soldier missing both his arms and legs, who needed to be literally carried around in a litter or “basket” though there are no records of any soldiers being carried in baskets.
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The horrible accident left the driver as a “basket case”.

Submitted by rogerssanford on September 24, 2020

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basket caseOne made powerless or ineffective, as by nerves, panic or stress.
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