Basket case

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British pronunciation/bˈaskɪt kˈeɪs/
American pronunciation/bˈæskɪt kˈeɪs/
Basket case
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a person who is always nervous or stressed and is therefore unable to have a calm and organized life

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What is the origin of the idiom "basket case" and when to use it?

The idiom "basket case" has its origins in the aftermath of World War I, particularly during World War II. It was originally a term used in medical contexts to describe soldiers who had lost all four limbs and required a basket or crate to carry them. Over time, the term evolved to refer to someone who is mentally or emotionally unstable and unable to cope with the stresses of life.

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After the tragic accident, he became a basket case, unable to recover emotionally.
If he seeks therapy and support, he may avoid becoming a basket case during difficult times.
She's been so overwhelmed with work and family issues that she feels like a complete basket case.
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