broke

[ brohk ]
/ broʊk /

verb

adjective

without money; penniless.

noun

Papermaking. paper unfit for sale; paper that is to be repulped.
brokes, wool of poor quality taken from the neck and belly of sheep.

Idioms

    go broke,
    1. to become destitute of money or possessions.
    2. 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

1655–65 (adj.); 1875–80 (noun)
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British Dictionary definitions for go for broke

broke

/ (brəʊk) /

verb

the past tense of break

adjective

informal having no money; bankrupt
go for broke slang to risk everything in a gambling or other venture
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Idioms and Phrases with go for broke

broke


see flat broke; go broke; go for (broke); if it ain't broke don't fix it. Also see under break.

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