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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

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.
See also: fall, ground, on, stony

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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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.