stone-broke

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj stone-broke lacking funds "`skint' is a British slang term"
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Usage

In literature:

He broke down a thin, young sapling, stripped off its branches and in one end fastened a sharp stone.
"An American Robinson Crusoe" by Samuel. B. Allison
Down fell the stone and broke in pieces; the Prince poured forth tears and went away.
"Russian Fairy Tales" by W. R. S. Ralston
I wish it would, because I'm stone-broke and haven't any more cartridges.
"Nell, of Shorne Mills" by Charles Garvice
The sight of this man did me good, for he was humming a song as he broke his stones.
"The Simple Life" by Charles Wagner
From time to time there was a sharp tinkling, as the higher windows cracked, broke, and fell upon the stones.
"Crown and Sceptre" by George Manville Fenn
My financial state was described by a friend as 'stone broke.
"Masterpieces of Mystery In Four Volumes" by Various
A little splintering crash, the sound of a glass falling upon a stone floor in the next room, broke the stillness.
"Casa Braccio, Volumes 1 and 2 (of 2)" by F. Marion Crawford
The third stone having broke one more, he was no longer in a condition to stand.
"Eastern Tales by Many Story Tellers" by Various
The last play before they broke up in the gray dawn was a flashlight on Stone's cool audacity.
"Crooked Trails and Straight" by William MacLeod Raine
He walked around it, and broke off a few pieces of stone.
"The Dodge Club" by James De Mille
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In poetry:

For the plain shall be broke
By the share of the stranger,
And the stone-mason’s stroke
Tell the woods of their danger;
"The Downfall Of The Gael" by Samuel Ferguson
But as he raised it to his head,
The water lipping with the rim,
The handle broke, and all was shed
Upon the stones about the brim.
"A Meditation Of St. Eligius" by George MacDonald
From hence it may to all be clearly known,
How strictly we shou'd keep the sabbath day!
Since God enjoin'd the Jewish host to stone
The man, who broke it first, without delay.
"Stanza's Concerning Some Persons And Things, That Are Mentioned In The Holy Scriptures" by Rees Prichard
And he slept soundly, for the stillness wasn't broke,
And the day was beginning to dawn before he awoke;
Then suddenly he started up as if in a fright,
And he saw very near him a little stone smooth and white,
"The Sprig of Moss" by William Topaz McGonagall
And you'd leave him there, that stone-breaker,
And you'd wonder who came to see what was done
By him in a day, or a month, or a week:
He broke a stone and another one,
And you left him there and you travelled on.
"Dublin Roads" by Padraic Colum
The guests were gone, save Sir Hugh alone,
And he watched the gleams that broke
On the pale hearth-stone, and flickered and shone
On the panels of polish'd oak;
He was 'ware of no presence except his own
Till the voice of young Margaret spoke:
"Fauconshawe" by Adam Lindsay Gordon

In news:

The Rolling Stones have moved quickly to shoot down a rumor which broke overnight that the band would play their last-ever concert at the Glastonbury festival in the UK in 2013.
L0523-311 Stone Bridge High stayed with South Lakes until the third quarter when the Seahawks broke the Liberty District game open.
0Turning Stone Casino broke ground on a $25 million dollar entertainment expansion expected to create 100 permanent jobs.
Police fired tear gas to disperse Kenyans who threw stones and broke into the homes and shops of ethnic Somalis in Nairobi's Somali-dominated Eastleigh neighborhood on Monday to protest against a bomb attack in the district on Sunday.
Marsha Hunt, the young Rolling Stone's apparent muse, is now 66 and living in France, broke and unable to pay her bills.
Twenty five years ago, Charlie Sheen broke through as an actor in director Oliver Stone's ' Platoon .
The Rolling Stones on the other hand broke curfew and are now facing a hefty fine.
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