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broke

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Pronunciation: /brəʊk
 
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Definition of broke in English:

verb

past (and archaic past participle) of break1.

adjective

[predicative] informal Back to top  
Having completely run out of money: he went broke owing two million pounds
More example sentences
  • Four years ago, my grandmother was on her way to post some money to my sister, a broke single mum.
  • Talk of the town is that the way the money is being spent they might be broke by next month.
  • It is also true that I have no ideas at all about it and would only have any if I were feeling very broke.
Synonyms
penniless, moneyless, bankrupt, insolvent, poor, poverty-stricken, impoverished, impecunious, penurious, indigent, in penury, needy, destitute, ruined, down and out, without a penny to one's name, without two pennies to rub together
informal stony broke, flat broke, on one's uppers, cleaned out, strapped (for cash), on one's beam-ends, bust, hard up, without a brass farthing, without a bean, without a sou, as poor as a church mouse
British informal skint, without a shot in one's locker
British rhyming slang boracic (lint)
North American informal stone broke, without a red cent

Phrases

go for broke

1
informal Risk everything in an all-out effort: I decided to go for broke and turn professional and see how I got on
More example sentences
  • Villa upped their game and went for broke, throwing everything forward in an effort to get back into the match - and it worked.
  • Could it be that this enigmatic prince has decided to go for broke and risk avoiding the best bloodline in order to find a new and possibly richer source of equine wealth?
  • Recognising the difficulty of defeating the Allies on land, the German leadership decided to go for broke by launching an all-out submarine offensive, regardless of the risk.

if it ain't broke, don't fix it

2
informal If something is reasonably successful or effective, there is no need to change or replace it.
Example sentences
  • And absent some kind of explanation, people may remember an old saying: If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
  • Most small businesses, rightly, resist change: if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
  • I am not a revolutionary, and generally espouse the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" school.

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