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    Smile John is flat broke.

    John was flat broke.



    Does the above mean he was totally/dead broke? Thanks.

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    Re: John is flat broke.

    It's informal speech.
    Flat broke - completely penniless, stone broke, can't-be-more-broke.

    Flat in this 'slang-form' means completely, downright, totally.
    Last edited by IvanV; 06-Oct-2007 at 20:30.

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    Re: John is flat broke.

    Thanks, Ivan.

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    #4

    Re: John is flat broke.

    Quote Originally Posted by IvanV View Post
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    Flat in this 'slang-f[or]m' means completely, downright, totally.
    It's similar to the flat in 'I asked her, but she turned me down flat.'

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    #5

    Re: John is flat broke.

    Thanks, Bob, for the extra precous info.

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    Re: John is flat broke.

    BobK, thanks for noting the typo... ;)
    It's corrected!

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