stony(redirected from stoniness)
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flat brokeand 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.
fall on stony ground
if a request, a warning, or advice falls on stony ground, people ignore it
Usage notes: This phrase comes from the Bible.Repeated requests to stop the fighting have fallen on stony ground. Warnings about the disastrous effect on the environment fell on stony ground.
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.
mod. having no money at all. Sorry, I’m flat broke. Not a cent on me.