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fall on stony ground

To be ignored or disregarded. An email asking people to volunteer to work at the weekend conference is sure to fall on stony ground.
See also: fall, ground, on, stony

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

fall on stony ground

BRITISH
If a warning, request or piece of advice falls on stony ground, nobody listens to it or is influenced by it. Dire warnings about the effects on public services fell on stony ground. I repeatedly asked him not to behave in this way but all my pleas fell on stony ground. Note: This expression comes from Jesus's story in the Bible (Mark 4:5-6) about a man sowing seed which falls on different kinds of ground. The seed that falls on stony ground dies because the roots cannot grow properly. In the story, the seed represents Christ's teachings and the stony ground represents the people who soon forget or ignore what He has said.
See also: fall, ground, on, stony

fall on stony ground

(of words or a suggestion) be ignored or badly received.
The reference here is to the parable of the sower recounted in both St Mark's and St Matthew's Gospels, in which some of the seed scattered by the sower fell on stony places where it withered away.
See also: fall, ground, on, stony

fall on stony ˈground

fail to produce the result or the effect that you hope for; have little success: She tried to warn him, but her words fell on stony ground.
See also: fall, ground, on, stony

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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The stoniness of the sacred acts as a symbol of the change from animate to inanimate, from living organism to inert matter.
This passage reads like an inverted fertility rite, a search for spiritual sustenance amidst a sterile stoniness.
Topsoil stoniness (measured by GRAVEL) has positive effects on soil drainage properties (measured by DRAINAGE) and negative effects on PRD.
Surface stoniness and litter were estimated as percentages.
2]) represented 23% of the variance and highlights the differences between soils rich in active limestone and interior and surface stoniness, and soils with a greater quantity of exchangeable [Mg.
In summary, the more productive soils tended to have a higher proportion of active limestone and surface and below-ground stoniness, and lower percentages of exchangeable [Mg.
Soils were sampled on slopes from flat to 23[degrees], with wide-ranging soil depth, stoniness, geomorphic position, and aspect.
Our study also found an increasing CV and RP with stoniness and with scale (Tables 3 and 4).
A horizon values on an area basis), which incorporated field measurements of A horizon thickness, stoniness, and weight of the [is less than] 2 mm fraction, were less satisfactory, presumably because they contained more measurement error and/or propagation of variability.