Definition of broke in English:

broke

verb

  • past (and archaic past participle) of break

adjective

informal
  • predicative Having completely run out of money.

    ‘he went broke owing two million pounds’
    • ‘If they were broke they would be more concerned with making a living than making history.’
    • ‘Trust me, you can not only go broke, but you can actually pay taxes as you do it.’
    • ‘So for someone who is broke, with low morale, can you see how easy it is to become homeless?’
    • ‘Four years ago, my grandmother was on her way to post some money to my sister, a broke single mum.’
    • ‘If the State had to pick up the tab for some of the work they do we would all be broke.’
    • ‘They go broke or they flounder in a dribble of chips waiting for the really good cards.’
    • ‘We would hang by the bar, each of us with a drink paid for individually, broke as we were.’
    • ‘This month I am completely broke.’
    • ‘The trouble with this argument is that all the people I know who work overtime are broke!’
    • ‘It is also true that I have no ideas at all about it and would only have any if I were feeling very broke.’
    • ‘The club is broke and the only way of fixing it is to do a deal with the principal creditor Bill Barr.’
    • ‘Talk of the town is that the way the money is being spent they might be broke by next month.’
    penniless, moneyless, bankrupt, insolvent, poor, poverty-stricken, impoverished, impecunious, penurious, indigent, in penury, needy, destitute, ruined, down and out, without a penny to one's name, without two pennies to rub together
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Phrases

  • go for broke

    • informal Risk everything in an all-out effort.

      ‘I decided to go for broke and turn professional and see how I got on’
      • ‘Heath then went for broke, attempting a cross court nick off the serve which went down giving Boswell match point.’
      • ‘Graham Branch instantly replaced Alan Moore for his first start in over six weeks, pushing straight into attack as Burnley went for broke.’
      • ‘Villa upped their game and went for broke, throwing everything forward in an effort to get back into the match - and it worked.’
      • ‘With a minute left, Pock went for broke when they won a lineout in the bottom corner and tried to throw the ball wide.’
      • ‘Manager Eugene Byrne threw caution to the wind and went for broke with ten minutes to go.’
      • ‘Stanley went for broke at the break by replacing O'Neill with McEvilly following the striker's three-match ban.’
      • ‘Last year in the final, Roddick tried the blunderbuss approach, going for broke on just about every shot, serving like a demon and hitting the lines with his ground-strokes.’
      • ‘Leung went for broke, recognising that he was in probably the most culturally diverse suburb in Auckland.’
      • ‘As he prepared to go onstage at the famous Newport Folk Festival last weekend, Cleaves recalled going for broke before recording Broke Down.’
      • ‘Shayler characteristically went for broke, for the option promising maximum exposure - and it may guarantee him a life in the public eye when he emerges from Belmarsh.’
      • ‘When I first listened to Mass Romantic, I heard a band collectively going for broke, attempting to cram as many aural ideas as possible into the space of a pop song, without ever exhausting their resources.’
      • ‘So to toughen resolve and get US consumption, production and employment back on a more predictable track, they have gone for broke.’
      • ‘It was in the final ten minutes that the town men went for broke.’
      • ‘After the success of her first major label album, 1997's Stuff, many other new artists would have gone for broke with a quick second album, but McNarland and her cameraman husband chose to honour nature over her bank account.’
      • ‘Recognising the difficulty of defeating the Allies on land, the German leadership decided to go for broke by launching an all-out submarine offensive, regardless of the risk.’
      • ‘I am a risk-taker and I would have gone for broke during the dotcom boom.’
      • ‘Occasions that cried out for a drop-goal attempt, especially with Eric Elwood and McHugh in wait, were passed up, as Connacht went for broke.’
      • ‘I then changed my tactics and decided that I was going to go for broke with a more flamboyant bet.’
      • ‘Could it be that this enigmatic prince has decided to go for broke and risk avoiding the best bloodline in order to find a new and possibly richer source of equine wealth?’
      • ‘The visitors went for broke after the interval and pushed forward at every opportunity only to be undone by another Westport Set-piece in the 56th minute.’
      attempt, endeavour, make an effort, exert oneself, seek, strive, struggle, do one's best, do one's utmost, do all one can
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  • if it ain't broke, don't fix it

    • informal If something is reasonably successful or effective, there is no need to change or replace it.

      • ‘Maybe the best advice of all: If it ain't broke, don't fix it.’
      • ‘Some advice for future regulators and governments - if it ain't broke, don't fix it.’
      • ‘I am not a revolutionary, and generally espouse the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" school.’
      • ‘Part of the answer probably lies in the principle " if it ain't broke, don't fix it ".’
      • ‘A lot of the objectors to the bill said: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."’
      • ‘The government should abide by the principle of " if it ain't broke, don't fix it ".’
      • ‘And absent some kind of explanation, people may remember an old saying: If it ain't broke, don't fix it.’
      • ‘We have lost sight of the old adage: if it ain't broke, don't fix it.’
      • ‘Most small businesses, rightly, resist change: if it ain't broke, don't fix it.’
      • ‘We have all heard the saying, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."’

Pronunciation

broke

/brəʊk/