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Definition of broke adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



[not before noun] (informal)
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  • having no money I'm always broke by the end of the month. During the recession thousands of small businesses went broke (= had to stop doing business). flat broke (= completely broke) see also break
  • Idioms
    go for broke (informal)
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    to risk everything in one determined effort to do something
    if it ain't broke, don't fix it (informal)
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    used to say that if something works well enough, it should not be changed
    See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: broke