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Entirely without money.‘all his friends were stony broke’Also called stone broke‘friends of stony-broke Sir Charles Maugham are giving him bags of supermarket food’
poor, indigent, impoverished, penurious, impecunious, in penury, moneyless, without a sou, as poor as a church mouse, poverty-stricken, destitute, necessitouspenniless, poor, indigent, impoverished, penurious, impecunious, in penury, moneyless, without a sou, as poor as a church mouse, poverty-stricken, destitute, necessitousView synonyms
- ‘Only a few years after the proclamation of South Australia, people were put in gaol if they could not pay their debts, even though the colony itself was stone broke!’
- ‘Unexpectedly, however, they turned up a few days later when they were stone broke.’
- ‘After Johnny has been killed and the stone-broke woman takes off with her ostracisable daughter for an uncertain future, they stagger drunkenly into the empty apartment, the creditors having removed the furniture.’
- ‘I also told him that I couldn't imagine Mario had any life insurance (he was always stone broke as well as uninsurable), but the car I'd bought him was free and clear in his name.’
- ‘I'm stone broke and they can't get enough - fines for this, fees for that.’
- ‘By the end of the day, her claim on him elapses so he can marry the wealthy Baroness rather than the stone-broke Princess.’
- ‘He gave it to me - a stone-broke stranger - with instructions about how to put the money into his account when I got back to the capital, Jayapura.’
- ‘It was 1974 and I was working with two other dancers, but was stone-broke.’
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