One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Consisting of or containing boric acid, especially as an antiseptic.‘I tipped some boracic crystals into a box’
destitute, poverty-stricken, impoverished, indigent, penniless, insolvent, impecunious, ruined, pauperized, without a penny to one's name, without two farthings to rub together, without two pennies to rub togetherView synonyms
- ‘For this reason Jackie always adds boracic acid or borax to the spice and glue mix.’
- ‘Runny watery eyes, conjunctivitis, matter formation and sticky lids all respond well to simple bathing in weak boracic solution three times daily.’
- ‘Sprinkle the boracic acid powder over the injured part and bandage.’
- ‘By then several boracic fluxes had been developed for assaying metal ores.’
- ‘Only the powder is effective since the boracic acid works when it is picked up by the sticky pads on the bottom of the feet of the cockroach.’
2British informal Having no money.
- ‘But I'm stuck and I'm boracic--Nan gave me £50 to get my own prezzie, but that's going straight into my bank to reduce the mad overdraft.’
- ‘I can't afford to pay for a taxi to St Pancras--it'll be a good 20 if not 40 quid and I am boracic.’
- ‘So, if they don't like banks, why not set up a system which allows freeformers with spare cash to lend it to the ones who are feeling a bit boracic?’
- ‘For reasons too tedious to go into Im boracic until I get paid next week.’
- ‘I kind of want to go shopping but I'm boracic until the 27th.’
Late 18th century: from medieval Latin borax, borac- (see borax) + -ic.
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