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    Default Meaning of "to hell in a handbag"

    Hi there,

    I just came across an expression that I can not get to understand fully...
    What is the meaning of "going to hell in a handbag"?
    Thanks for your help.
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    Nel

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    Default Re: Meaning of "to hell in a handbag"

    When something "goes to hell" it means it's deteriorating rapidly, or on a path headed for destruction. Example:

    First it rained, then a raccoon got into the food; it looked like our whole picnic was going to hell.

    "Going to hell in a handbag" (sometimes said as "going to hell in a handbasket") simply means going to hell a lot faster and without any effort! (Since a handbag is easy to carry.) Example:

    Ever since Pee Wee Herman was caught watching that X-rated movie, his career has gone to hell in a handbag.

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    Default Re: Meaning of "to hell in a handbag"

    It means that the situation becomes worse sharply!

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    Default Re: Meaning of "to hell in a handbag"

    ok

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