Flat broke

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British pronunciation/flˈat bɹˈəʊk/
American pronunciation/flˈæt bɹˈoʊk/
flat broke
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lacking any money or financial resources

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flat broke definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "flat broke" and when to use it?

The idiom "flat broke" originated in the early 19th century. The term "flat" in this context means completely or entirely, and "broke" is an informal term for having no money or being penniless. This phrase is used to describe a situation where someone has absolutely no money, is completely financially depleted, and lacks the means to meet their basic needs.

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The unexpected medical bills left the family flat broke, unable to cover their everyday expenses.
After losing his job, he was flat broke and struggled to pay his rent and buy groceries.
The college student was flat broke and had to rely on part-time jobs to support his studies.
She went on a shopping spree and was left flat broke, with no money left in her bank account.
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