Definition of basket case noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


    basket case

    ; NAmE
    (informal) Describing strange traits
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  1. 1a country or an organization whose economic situation is very bad
  2. 2a person who is slightly crazy and who has problems dealing with situations See related entries: Describing strange traits
  3. Word Origin early 20th cent.: originally US slang denoting a soldier who had lost all four limbs, thus unable to move independently.
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