flat broke


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flat broke

 and flat busted
Fig. having no money at all. Sorry, I'm flat broke. Not a cent on me. You may be flat broke, but you will find a way to pay your electricity bill or you will live in the dark. Mary was flat busted, and it was two more weeks before she was due to get paid.
See also: broke, flat

flat broke

Also, stone or stony broke . Completely penniless. For example, I can't help you-I'm flat broke, or He's stone broke again. The first term dates from the mid-1800s and uses flat in the sense of "completely" or "downright." The variant dates from the late 1800s.
See also: broke, flat

flat broke

mod. having no money at all. Sorry, I’m flat broke. Not a cent on me.
See also: broke, flat
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Perhaps it is something to do with student days, all those party breakages and the resulting failure to return your deposit just when you are flat broke at the end of the summer term and desperately in need of an injection of cash.
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Ben Collins took on the role in 2003 after the original "black" Stig, the racing driver Perry McCarthy, outed himself in an autobiography called Flat Out, Flat Broke.
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