Totally without money; destitute (1842+)
The soldiers in Hawaii were dead broke, barely one step up from homeless.
First, Clinton said her family was “dead broke” upon leaving the White House.
Her claims of being “dead broke” or “not truly well off” sound almost as empathetic as Marie Antoinette telling folks to eat cake.
Eleven months ago, post-Bernie Madoff, aka the MF, I was dead broke.
And here we are, chummies, dead broke—not been able to make a bet.
That is why I came here—to see them and get some money, if I could, for I am dead broke.
My sister and I are just as dead broke and down and out as you and your brother are.
He followed it up, and in less than a week he was dead broke.
When I reached the mines I was dead broke, and went to work for somebody else.
He could always get a job playing in saloons if he was dead broke.