- without money; penniless.
- Papermaking. paper unfit for sale; paper that is to be repulped.
- brokes, wool of poor quality taken from the neck and belly of sheep.
- go broke,
- to become destitute of money or possessions.
- to go bankrupt: In that business people are forever going broke.
- go for broke, to exert oneself or employ one's resources to the utmost.
Origin of broke
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- the past tense of break
- informal having no money; bankrupt
- go for broke slang to risk everything in a gambling or other venture
Word Origin and History for go broke
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."
Idioms and Phrases with go broke
Also, go bust. Undergo financial collapse, lose most or all of one's money. For example, The company's about to go broke, or The producer of that movie went bust. The first expression dates from the mid-1600s; the second, slangier variant dates from the mid-1800s.
see flat broke; go broke; go for (broke); if it ain't broke don't fix it. Also see under break.