Definition of stony broke in English:

stony broke


  • Entirely without money.

    ‘all his friends were stony broke’
    ‘friends of stony-broke Sir Charles Maugham are giving him bags of supermarket food’
    • ‘Unexpectedly, however, they turned up a few days later when they were stone broke.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘It was 1974 and I was working with two other dancers, but was stone-broke.’
    • ‘I'm stone broke and they can't get enough - fines for this, fees for that.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘By the end of the day, her claim on him elapses so he can marry the wealthy Baroness rather than the stone-broke Princess.’
    • ‘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.’
    poor, indigent, impoverished, penurious, impecunious, in penury, moneyless, without a sou, as poor as a church mouse, poverty-stricken, destitute, necessitous
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