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[stohn-brohk] /ˈstoʊnˈbroʊk/
having no money whatsoever.
Origin of stone-broke
First recorded in 1885-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • My financial state was described by a friend as 'stone broke.'

  • My financial state was described by a friend as "stone broke."

    The House of Souls Arthur Machen
  • As usual, were just about stone broke; the Baseball Association, I mean.

    Weatherby's Inning Ralph Henry Barbour
  • Soon the crack of iron-shod hoofs on stone broke the silence.

  • Another blow and the great rock shivered; a block of stone broke away.

    Good Stories For Great Holidays Frances Jenkins Olcott
  • As fast as she put her foot on a ledge of the rock the stone broke away from under her, and left her in the same place as before.

    The Brown Fairy Book Andrew Lang
  • He said he was stone broke, that he didn't have the price for a ten-cent lodging house, and he give me a touch.

    Living Up to Billy Elizabeth Cooper
  • Directly a stone broke loose from a side of the gully and went pounding down to the rocky bottom.

  • A stone broke it near the guard; the Samnite was killed and the flood of Carthaginians closed in, they touched Matho.

    Salammbo Gustave Flaubert
Slang definitions & phrases for stone broke

stone broke

adjective phrase

Penniless; impoverished: the money that is made out of stone-broke tramps (1886+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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