What does basket case mean?
a useless person who cannot cope
Examples of this Idiom in Movies & TV Shows:
MacGyver “Deadly Silents” (1991)
MacGyver: Pinky! Were you always this nervous in the old days?
Pinky Burnette: Well, I… of course I was nervous. I… I… I invented the would nervous. I mean, I was what they called a… a basket case.
MacGyver: Well, guess what? You’re back. All the way back.
Pinky Burnette: You’re right. I’m back. I’m back. I am back!
The Breakfast Club (1985)
Brian Johnson: Dear Mr. Vernon, we accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong. But we think you’re crazy to make us write an essay telling you who we think we are. You see us as you want to see us in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain…
Andrew Clark: And an athlete.
Allison Reynolds: And a basket case.
Claire Standish: A princess.
John Bender: And a criminal.
Brian Johnson: Does that answer your question? Sincerely yours, the Breakfast Club.
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O: Call me O. I was named after Ophelia, the bipolar basket case in Hamlet who committed suicide. So I cut it down to just O.
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