Go broke

broke

[brohk]
verb
1.
a simple past tense of break.
2.
Nonstandard. a past participle of break.
3.
Archaic. a past participle of break.
adjective
4.
without money; penniless.
noun
6.
Papermaking. paper unfit for sale; paper that is to be repulped.
7.
brokes, wool of poor quality taken from the neck and belly of sheep.
Idioms
8.
go broke,
a.
to become destitute of money or possessions.
b.
to go bankrupt: In that business people are forever going broke.
9.
go for broke, to exert oneself or employ one's resources to the utmost.

Origin:
1655–65 (adj.); 1875–80 (noun)


4, 5. insolvent, destitute, impoverished.
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broke (brəʊk)
 
vb
1.  the past tense of break
 
adj
2.  informal having no money; bankrupt
3.  slang go for broke to risk everything in a gambling or other venture

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Word Origin & History

broke
past tense and obsolete pp. of break (variant of broken); extension to "insolvent" is first recorded 1716 (broken, in this sense, is attested from 1590s). By coincidence, O.E. cognate broc meant, in addition to "that which breaks," "affliction, misery;" but that sense died out long before the current
one began.
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Slang Dictionary

break definition


  1. n.
    a chance; an opportunity. : Come on, give me a break!
  2. n.
    an escape from prison; a prison breakout. : I hear there's a break planned for tonight.
  3. in.
    [for a news story] to unfold rapidly. (Journalism.) : As the story continues to break, we will bring you the latest.
  4. n.
    a solo played when the rest of the band stops. : This is your break, Andy. Let's hear it, man.
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Idioms & Phrases

go broke

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.

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