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fall on stony ground

To be ignored or disregarded. The phrase comes from biblical parable told by Jesus, in which seed planted in rocky soil does not grow. 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

slang Having no money. Primarily heard in US. I get paid next week, so can we go out to dinner then? I'm just flat broke right now. I'm flat broke once again and don't know how I'm going to pay my rent.
See also: broke, flat

stony broke

slang Having no money. I get paid next week, so can we go out to dinner then? I'm just stony broke right now. I'm stony broke once again and don't know how I'm going to pay my rent.
See also: broke, 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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