- (of a relationship) split apart; not intact: a broken marriage.
- (of a family) disunited or divided by the prolonged or permanent absence of a parent, usually due to divorce or desertion: a child from a broken home; broken families.
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You buy a lot of half-broken, bucking, balky teams because you can get 'em cheap.A California Girl
When I tried to get up at the half-broken place, I was overwhelmed by a shower of sand.At Plattsburg
The line was singularly definite; there were no half-broken trees.The Onslaught from Rigel
They come, too, with far less cunning than the half-broken gentry.Rural Rides
Just in front, above, were old, half-broken houses of stone.Sea and Sardinia
D. H. Lawrence
late 14c., past participle adjective from break (v.). Broken record in reference to someone continually repeating the same thing is from 1944, in reference to scratches on records that cause the needle to jump back and repeat.
When Britain's Minister of State, Selwyn Lloyd[,] became bored with a speech by Russia's Andrei Vishinsky in UN debate, he borrowed a Dizzy Gillespie bebop expression and commented: "Dig that broken record." While most translators pondered the meaning, a man who takes English and puts it into Chinese gave this translation: "Recover the phonograph record which you have discarded." ["Jet," Oct. 15, 1953]