When you say things are going to ‘Hell In A Handbasket’ you mean that a situation is
rapidly deteriorating or that you are set firmly on a course for disaster.
Example of use: “How’s work going?” Answer: “Horrible. Everything’s going to hell in a handbasket.”
The origin of the phrase ‘hell in a handbasket’ can be found in the practice of capturing the heads of guillotine victims in a basket, with the presumption being that these criminals would be going straight to hell for their crimes. Although the phrase is thought to have originated sometime during the 18th century, the first printed example is found in Winslow Ayer’s book on the American Civil War, The Great North-Western Conspiracy. A reprint was published in 1867’s House Documents in the U.S. Congress: “Speaking of men who had been arrested, Judge Morris said “Some of our very best, and thousands of brave men, at this very moment in Camp Douglas, are our friends;