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British pronunciation/bɹˈeɪk ðə bˈaŋk/
American pronunciation/bɹˈeɪk ðə bˈæŋk/
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to financially ruin one due to having a very high cost

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to [break] the bank definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "break the bank" and when to use it?

The idiom "break the bank" originates from the world of gambling, particularly from casino games like roulette or blackjack. In these games, the "bank" refers to the total amount of money or chips that the casino has available to pay out winnings to players. It is used to describe a situation where someone spends an exorbitant amount of money or exceeds their budget on a purchase, venture, or event.

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She bought a mid-range laptop that met her needs without breaking the bank.
The company spared no expense on their latest advertising campaign, determined to make a big impact without breaking the bank.
They wanted to throw an extravagant wedding, but they didn't want to break the bank, so they opted for a more budget-friendly celebration.
The startup was cautious about spending and managed to launch their product successfully without breaking the bank.
Happy hour is the perfect time to try new drinks without breaking the bank.
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