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Difference between Go to hell and Go to hell in a handbasket

go to hellis used to rudely tell a person to go away (and stop being annoying):

  • When I politely asked him to move his car, he told me to go to hell.

go to hell in a handbasketbe in an extremely bad state and continue to the point of total ruin:

  • We don’t get involved in issues. We’re wasting our lives and going to hell in a handbasket!