[ brohk ]
/ broʊk /
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.
- 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
1655–65 (adj.); 1875–80 (noun)
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British Dictionary definitions for go for broke
/ (brəʊk) /
the past tense of break
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
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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