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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The gunman hardly broke stride as he nonetheless shot Merabet in the head, killing him.
Luckily enough I have this dedicated flat that is just along from my house that I go to every day.
There were stomachs, taut and flat, but also undulating bellies, soft and bloated from the breakfast buffet.Powerful Congressman Writes About ‘Fleshy Breasts’|Asawin Suebsaeng|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
“We broke off shortly after because we were more ambitious,” says Lean.The Cult of Yung Lean: ‘I’m Building An Anarchistic Society From the Ground Up’|Marlow Stern|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Riots broke out in 1994, after Iranian authorities replaced a Sunni mosque in Mashad with a development project.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan|Umar Farooq|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The volcanic eruptions of the mountains on the west broke down its barriers, and let its waters flow.
The great plague of this and the subsequent year broke out at St. Giles, London.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology|Joel Munsell
The Senora Moreno's heart broke within her, when those words passed her lips to her adored Felipe.Ramona|Helen Hunt Jackson
A sob rose in her throat, and broke from her lips transformed into a trembling, sharp, glad cry.The Bondboy|George W. (George Washington) Ogden
Why not have sought out the pure white lime-rocks of the flat country, or the grey granite of the hills?