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    flat broke / meltdown

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentence?

    Some were flat broke and desperate, some were stressed to the max and at their wits' end, some were on the verge of complete meltdown.

    flat broke = stone-broke = completely broke; having no money; penniless

    meltdown = financial collapse, bankruptcy or loss of self- as in: on the point of a psychotic meltdown

    In my opinion the proper meaning in the present case is the latter one from both above..

    Thank you for your efforts.

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    V.

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    Re: flat broke / meltdown

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentence?

    Some were flat broke and desperate, some were stressed to the max and at their wits' end, some were on the verge of complete meltdown.

    flat broke = stone-broke = completely broke; having no money; penniless

    meltdown = financial collapse, bankruptcy or loss of self- as in: on the point of a psychotic meltdown

    In my opinion the proper meaning in the present case is the latter one from both above..

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.
    I agree with you on all counts.

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    Re: flat broke / meltdown

    Likewise, great understanding of meanings. Meltdown could suggest both financial and mental or emotional meltdown, possibly as a consequence of falling into bankruptcy.

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