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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
- ‘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.’
- ‘By then several boracic fluxes had been developed for assaying metal ores.’
- ‘Sprinkle the boracic acid powder over the injured part and bandage.’
- ‘Runny watery eyes, conjunctivitis, matter formation and sticky lids all respond well to simple bathing in weak boracic solution three times daily.’
- ‘For this reason Jackie always adds boracic acid or borax to the spice and glue mix.’
2British informal Having no money.
- ‘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.’
- ‘For reasons too tedious to go into Im boracic until I get paid next week.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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?’
- ‘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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