go for 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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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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go for broke definition


  1. in.
    to choose to risk everything; to try to succeed against great odds. : We decided to go for broke, and that is exactly how we ended up.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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