• Seeing the Poor Devils Who Had Gone Broke 166
    Seeing the Poor Devils Who Had Gone Broke 166
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj broke lacking funds "`skint' is a British slang term"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Tain't no use tellin' me you've broke down Tain't no use tellin' me you've broke down
The Mare broke her knees and the Farmer his crown The Mare broke her knees and the Farmer his crown

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Even though they broke up 25 years ago, the Beatles continue to sell more records each year than the Rolling Stones.
    • Broke brōk imp. & p. p. of Break.
    • Broke To act as procurer in love matters; to pimp. "We do want a certain necessary woman to broke between them, Cupid said.""And brokes with all that can in such a suit
      Corrupt the tender honor of a maid."
    • Broke To transact business for another.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In early Yorkshire, England, a plate holding wedding cake was thrown out of the window as the bride returned to her parent's home after the wedding. If the plate broke, she would enjoy a happy future with her husband. If the plate remained intact, her future was bleak.
    • n broke Preterit and (with broken) past participle of break.
    • n broke A breach.
    • broke To transact business for another in trade; act as agent in buying and selling and other commercial business; carry on the business of a broker.
    • broke To act as a go-between or procurer in love matters; pimp.
    • broke To transact business by means of an agent.
    • n broke An obsolete form of brook.
    • broke A Middle English form of brook.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Rembrandt died broke. A friend had to come up with the $5.20 it cost to bury the great master.
    • v.i Broke to bargain, negotiate:
    • pa.t Broke brōk and old pa.p. of Break
    • v.i Broke (Shak.) to act as a pander or go-between:—pr.p. brōk′ing; pa.p. brōked
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  • Gregory Nunn
    Gregory Nunn
    “If you want to really know what your friends and family think of you die broke, and then see who shows up for the funeral.”
  • Lorne Sanny
    Lorne Sanny
    “We have so many labor-saving devices today that we go broke keeping them repaired. Everything is easier, but requires greater maintenance.”
  • John Marquand
    John Marquand
    “I know a fellow who's as broke as the Ten Commandments.”
  • Mike Todd
    Mike Todd
    “I've never been poor, only broke. Being poor is a frame of mind. Being broke is only a temporary situation”
  • Mike Todd
    Mike Todd
    “Being broke is a temporary situation. Being poor is a state of mind.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “Napoleon for the sake of a good name broke in pieces half the world.”


All hell broke loose - When all hell breaks loose, there is chaos, confusion and trouble.
Broke as a joke and it ain't funny - This idiom in my opinion describes how it's not funny to be without a cent and just uses broke and joke as rhyming words that help explain this idiom a lot better.
Go for broke - If someone goes for broke, they risk everything they have for a potentially greater gain.
If it ain't broke, don't fix it - Any attempt to improve on a system that already works is pointless and may even hurt it.
Straw that broke the camel's back - The straw that broke the camel's back is the problem that made you lose your temper or the problem that finally brought about the collapse of something.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Broker, and cf. Brook
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. brocour—A.S. brucan; Ger. brauchen, to use, to profit.


In literature:

The man who won't work mighty hard very soon goes broke.
"Prescott of Saskatchewan" by Harold Bindloss
The Scottish fiddler's voice broke in.
"Masters of the Wheat-Lands" by Harold Bindloss
Only the heavy rain-drops that pattered on the canvas overhead broke the silence.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
When we wasn't broke down we was looking for lost horses.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
It broke out passionately and impatiently.
"Casa Braccio, Volumes 1 and 2 (of 2)" by F. Marion Crawford
Nobody spoke for a half-minute; then Spurling broke the silence.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
Early in the year riots broke out in London on the opening of Parliament.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
They broke at last, mutually, and Corrigan must have felt the leathery quality of Trevison's muscles, for his face was set in serious lines.
"'Firebrand' Trevison" by Charles Alden Seltzer
The cattle now broke into a run.
"The Wind Before the Dawn" by Dell H. Munger
If you get in broke, I'll take care of you.
"Desert Dust" by Edwin L. Sabin
I'm broke, dead broke.
"Colorado Jim" by George Goodchild
Now, I'm broke, stony broke, and it's more than ever a case of stealing away to hang one's self in a well.
"The Sign of the Spider" by Bertram Mitford
He was at Falkirk with Charles Edward, and charged with the Irish Brigade that broke the English column at Fontenoy.
"Lectures on the French Revolution" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
The wife broke the silence.
"The Watchers of the Plains" by Ridgewell Cullum
In another moment or two the Scottish fiddler's voice broke in.
"Hawtrey's Deputy" by Harold Bindloss
She struck midships on the sharp edge and broke at once into two pieces.
"The True Story Book"
The dam in Stony Creek, above Johnstown, broke about noon yesterday and thousands of feet of lumber passed down the stream.
"The Johnstown Horror" by James Herbert Walker
Was it one of these plates that broke?
"Otherwise Phyllis" by Meredith Nicholson
The machine caught in the launching mechanism, and fell into the river, where it broke.
"The War in the Air; Vol. 1" by Walter Raleigh
O'Malley's voice broke in over Stan's headset.
"A Yankee Flier Over Berlin" by Al Avery

In poetry:

Her fetter she broke,
And the chosen flower
Was given to the dew-drop
In happy hour.
"The Dew-Drop: A Metrical Fantasy" by Samuel Lover
Dashing fiercely up,
With a scornful word,
Foolish Bubble broke;
But Rock never stirred.
"The Rock And The Bubble" by Louisa May Alcott
Love is for unlucky folk,
Love is but a curse.
Once there was a heart I broke;
And that, I think, is worse.
"A Very Short Song" by Dorothy Parker
Then Echo woke—and spoke
'No more—no more,'
And a wave broke
On the sad shore
When Echo said
'No more,'
"A Song In Three Parts" by Jean Ingelow
From the shadow of an oak,
As I rode,
Demon steed and rider broke;
By the thunder-shattered oak,
As I rode.
"The Headless Horseman" by Madison Julius Cawein
"And are the wretched people there,
Whose insolence I broke
As happy as the oxen are
Beneath the driver's yoke?
"The Bard Of Wales" by Janos Arany

In news:

Big elephant in the room at 'Going Broke' panel.
The neighbor who broke up an assault on a teenage girl in the teen's Choctaw driveway talked to KOCO Eyewitness News 5 on Friday about the incident.
Firefighters say a woman trying to escape a garage fire at a Chula Vista condo complex broke her leg.
CHULA VISTA , Calif (AP) — Firefighters say a woman trying to escape a garage fire at a Chula Vista condo complex broke her leg.
Someone got into a vacant building, then broke into a corner store through the common wall.
Times reporter broke newsroom barrier.
Four years after the worst violence in Mexico since the 1910 Revolution broke out across the border from.
Horne achieved a place in the pantheon of female jazz vocalists and broke ground in Hollywood as an African American star in the '40s.
UCLA wide receiver Devin Lucien broke his clavicle during Saturday's 42-14 victory at Colorado and will miss eight to 10 weeks, coach Jim Mora said Sunday.
Police are searching for thieves who broke into the Utah storage unit of an airman serving in Afghanistan and took most of his personal belongings.
CALGARY, Alberta — Former Olympic biathlete Robin Clegg of Canada broke his elbow when he was knocked off his bike by a vehicle while cycling outside Calgary.
Maria del Carmen Garcia-Martinez, shortly after her release from ICE custody MCSO officers broke her arm.
Hurdler Lolo Jones broke out of the starting blocks with a blaze of speed and quickly settled into her easygoing rhythm.
Williams broke off an 89-yard touchdown run and finished with 156 yards rushing and four scores in a record-setting Owen Field debut, powering No.
A Fight broke out at designer Alexander Wang's after-party at the Emigrant Bank Building across from City Hall Saturday when, sources say, Milk Studios founder Mazdack Rassi was sucker-punched.

In science:

It furthermore broke through the symbolic redshift z = 6 barrier, beyond which very few ob jects of any kind have been measured.
Gamma-Ray Bursts
Value-at-Risk using monte-carlo simulation. Maritime accounts for approximately 10,000 jobs in the City of London, across ship broking, ownership and insurance.
The Importance and Criticality of Spreadsheets in the City of London
The evolution time before the code broke down was gradually extended, with the first full orbit achieved by Br¨ugmann in 1997 , but only a very few orbits became possible until 2005.
Summary of GR18 Numerical Relativity parallel sessions (B1/B2 and B2), Sydney, 8-13 July 2007
Proving a model is correct is a completely different activity. Our approach is based on the explicit assumption that the model we initially review is currently considered fit for purpose, or was until it broke.
EuSpRIG 2006 Commercial Spreadsheet Review
It was found that one component of the chain (a few resistances in the high voltage supplier dispatcher) broke down.
Extensive testing of Schottky CdTe detectors for the ECLAIRs X-Gamma-ray Camera on board the SVOM mission
For that reason, as previously, we broke the ties at random and repeated the calculations 100 times with N = 1000.
Large-sample tests of extreme-value dependence for multivariate copulas
To verify this hypothesis, we identified sentences that broke the original chronological order and restored the ordering manually.
Inferring Strategies for Sentence Ordering in Multidocument News Summarization
It is a model, and the actual physical systems for which this is (sometimes) an excellent approximation would presumably satisfy the zeroth law on time scales for which the modeling broke down.
Violation of the zeroth law of thermodynamics for a non-ergodic interaction
I have not only enjoyed this excellent meeting and the beautiful city of Valencia; it is here that I broke the ice and started to speak spanish.
Valencia 93: The Summary of Particle Theory
The students broke up into two teams, ”coordinated” by Robin Laurance from the European Space Technology Research Center in The Netherlands and Nicholas Lockerbie from Strathclyde University in Glasgow.
Matters of Gravity, the newsletter of the APS TG on gravitation
In the developed mathematical formalism we have not broke the Lorentz covariance of the current nor the current conservation law.
Relativistic instant-form approach to the structure of two-body composite systems
Balogh did it by mixing topology into Fremlin’s proof and coming up with a modification that even broke new set-theoretic ground.
Problems from Topology Proceedings
In all of the computed models, we broke the star down into 300 computational mass bins.
The Light Curve of Supernova 1987A: The Structure of the Presupernova and Radioactive Nickel Mixing
The shell was only moderately resolved by CLEAN, and smear fitting with elliptical gaussians either broke the symmetry of the source or produced a unphysically negative center for the shell.
Smear fitting: a new deconvolution method for interferometric data
It is clearly seen that while the southern radio bubble is surrounded by the X-ray cocoon, the northern radio bubble broke through the porous X-ray emission at the northern edge.
In-depth Chandra study of the AGN feedback in Virgo elliptical galaxy M84