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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Unexpectedly, however, they turned up a few days later when they were stone broke.’
    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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