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broo Line breaks: broo

Definition of broo in English:


(in phrase on the broo) Scottish informal
Claiming unemployment benefit.
Example sentences
  • Unlike others who followed, Bosman is skint and living on the broo in Belgium.
  • Someone who is signing on to receive this is said to be on the broo.
  • Glaswegian writer James Kelman gave voice to the oppressed, dispossessed, disillusioned working class, portraying characters such as Robert Hines in Bus Conductor Hines, Sammy Samuels in How Late it Was, How Late or the hundreds of characters in his short stories spending their existences on the broo or just talking in the pub.


1930s: alteration of bureau.

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