To be left in the basket. Neglected or uncared for. Left in the
To give a basket.
To refuse to marry. In Germany a basket [korb
] is fixed on
the roof of one who has been jilted, or one who, after long courtship,
cannot persuade the lady courted to become his wife.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894