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flat broke

Slang definitions & phrases for flat broke

flat broke

adjective phrase

Entirely without funds; penniless (1842+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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  • I'd been cleaned out o' everything I had by a man I trusted, and I was flat broke.

    The Underdog F. Hopkinson Smith
  • He haddent got anny Job since he left you, he sed, and he was flat broke.

    Cap'n Dan's Daughter Joseph C. Lincoln
  • I just left them lying there and wandered down to the street, flat broke.

    Card Trick Walter Bupp AKA Randall Garrett
  • I'd take it to New York myself, but you see, I am flat broke.

    The Carpet from Bagdad

    Harold MacGrath
  • I have drawn most all I have in the bank, and will soon be flat broke if this keeps up.

    Living Up to Billy Elizabeth Cooper
  • They had lost every steer and Mr. Black landed in Kansas flat broke.

    A Texas Cow Boy Chas. A. Siringo
  • Your name'll be a byword and you'll be flat broke, a joke and an object of contempt the nation over.

    Hidden Gold Wilder Anthony
  • I can't send you any money this time, cause I am flat broke since I paid your storage bill, but I will give you twenty next month.

    Living Up to Billy Elizabeth Cooper
  • He was flat broke with his pocket bulging with checks and was living in a pension at six francs a day.

Idioms and Phrases with flat broke

flat broke

Also,stone or stony broke. Completely penniless. For example, I can't help you—I'm flat broke, or He's stone broke again. The first term dates from the mid-1800s and uses flat in the sense of “completely” or “downright.” The variant dates from the late 1800s.
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