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Slang definitions & phrases for flat broke

flat broke

adjective phrase

Entirely without funds; penniless (1842+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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  • So when we see the raft was gone and we flat broke, there warn't anything for it but to try the Royal Nonesuch another shake.

    Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • He haddent got anny Job since he left you, he sed, and he was flat broke.

    Cap'n Dan's Daughter Joseph C. Lincoln
  • I'd been cleaned out o' everything I had by a man I trusted, and I was flat broke.

    The Underdog F. Hopkinson Smith
  • I just left them lying there and wandered down to the street, flat broke.

    Card Trick Walter Bupp AKA Randall Garrett
  • Why, he didn't even know how to throw a bowline when he hit in here, flat broke and down on his uppers.

    El Diablo Brayton Norton
  • I'd take it to New York myself, but you see, I am flat broke.

    The Carpet from Bagdad Harold MacGrath
  • I have drawn most all I have in the bank, and will soon be flat broke if this keeps up.

    Living Up to Billy Elizabeth Cooper
  • They had lost every steer and Mr. Black landed in Kansas flat broke.

    A Texas Cow Boy Chas. A. Siringo
  • He was flat broke with his pocket bulging with checks and was living in a pension at six francs a day.

Idioms and Phrases with flat broke

flat broke

Also, stone or stony broke. Completely penniless. For example, I can't help you—I'm flat broke, or He's stone broke again. The first term dates from the mid-1800s and uses flat in the sense of “completely” or “downright.” The variant dates from the late 1800s.
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