Green’s Dictionary of Slang

basket n.2

a euph. for bastard n. (1)

[UK]R. Westerby Wide Boys Never Work (1938) 15: All this American rot you talk, you silly young baskets!
[UK]M. Harrison Reported Safe Arrival 46: Arsked that ’ound of a Flight-Sarnt if ’e could slip ashore an’ say good-bye to ’is ole woman. An’ the barsket never let ’im.
[UK]C. Harris Three-Ha’Pence to the Angel 204: We’re the most ignorant, stupid lot of baskets you’d find.
[UK]R. Holles Now thrive the Armourers 58: ‘I wonder what slit-eyed yellow basket will be kipping in my sleeping-bag to-night,’ growled a burly lance-corporal.
[UK]J. Sparks Burglar to the Nobility 134: I know this little basket, he’ll never give in.
[SA]A. La Guma Walk in the Night (1968) 99: What’s that basket up to?
[UK](con. 1954) J. McGrath Events While Guarding the Bofors Gun I iii: You filthy-minded basket, go to sleep.
[UK]P. Theroux Family Arsenal 269: Look at the little basket – he likes it and all!
[UK]J. Morton Lowspeak.