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Definition of broke adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

broke

 adjective
adjective
BrE BrE//brəʊk//
 
; NAmE NAmE//broʊk//
 
[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/stony broke (= completely broke) see also break
  • Extra examples I’m stony/​stone broke at the moment. The company went broke last year. During the recession thousands of small companies went broke. I can’t go out tonight—I’m flat/​stone broke. I’m always broke by the end of the month.Idioms (informal) to risk everything in one determined effort to do something
    if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it
     
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    (informal) used to say that if something works well enough, it should not be changed
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: broke