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broke

[brohk]
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verb
  1. a simple past tense of break.
  2. Nonstandard. a past participle of break.
  3. Archaic. a past participle of break.
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adjective
  1. without money; penniless.
  2. bankrupt.
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noun
  1. Papermaking. paper unfit for sale; paper that is to be repulped.
  2. brokes, wool of poor quality taken from the neck and belly of sheep.
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Idioms
  1. go broke,
    1. to become destitute of money or possessions.
    2. to go bankrupt: In that business people are forever going broke.
  2. go for broke, to exert oneself or employ one's resources to the utmost.
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Origin of broke

1655–65 (adj.); 1875–80 (noun)

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4, 5. insolvent, destitute, impoverished.
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British Dictionary definitions for go for broke

broke

verb
  1. the past tense of break
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adjective
  1. informal having no money; bankrupt
  2. go for broke slang to risk everything in a gambling or other venture
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Word Origin and History for go for broke

broke

adj.

past tense and obsolete past participle of break (v.); extension to "insolvent" is first recorded 1716 (broken in this sense is attested from 1590s). Old English cognate broc meant, in addition to "that which breaks," "affliction, misery."

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Idioms and Phrases with go for broke

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