- broiler house,
- broken arrow,
- broken coal,
- broken consort,
- broken field
- to become destitute of money or possessions.
- to go bankrupt: In that business people are forever going broke.
Origin of 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."
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.