Definition of Go for broke

1. Verb. Risk everything in one big effort. "The cyclist went for broke at the end of the race"

Definition of Go for broke

1. Verb. To wager everything. ¹

2. Verb. (idiomatic) To try everything possible or do last thing possible in a final attempt. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Go For Broke

go down the road
go down the toilet
go down the tubes
go down the wrong way
go downhill
go far
go faster stripes
go fever
go fevers
go figure
go fly a kite
go for
go for a burton
go for a song
go for broke (current term)
go for it
go for the gold
go for the gold ring
go for the jugular
go forth
go forward
go from strength to strength
go from zero to hero
go gaga over
go game
go great guns
go halfsies
go halves

Literary usage of Go for broke

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. 54 by Wu Ming (2005)
"So he had decided to go for broke. He looked in the rear-view mirror to check that the other car was ..."

2. Personal Finance by Robert S. Rosefsky (2001)
"anticipation when one might say, with a burst of wild enthusiasm, "Let's go for broke and buy that boat we've always wanted ..."

3. A Very Public Offering: A Rebel's Story of Business Excess, Success, and by Stephan Paternot (2002)
"Let's call it a media play and just go for broke on that. Besides, Todd and I wouldn't even know how to manage a software licensing business. ..."

4. Alliance Adrift by Yoichi Funabashi (1999)
"Hashimoto remarked, "I guess there's no other way but to go for broke."22 During the meeting, Albright's tone was full of meaning. She listened to Hashimoto ..."

5. What Will They Franchise Next?: The Story of Jim's Group by Jim Penman (2003)
"I decided to go for broke and charge what seemed the incredible rate of $3 an hour. At that stage I hadn't done any advertising except for my first sign in ..."

6. Guide to U.S. Army Museums by R. Cody Phillips (1997)
"They represented two of the most decorated combat units of the war—earning the unofficial motto, "go for broke." Successive exhibits focus on American ..."

7. Aerial Interdiction: Air Power and the Land Battle in Three American Wars by Mark (1995)
"... response: "I cannot emphasize too strongly," he wrote to Secretary of State Henry M. Kissinger, "that I have determined that we should go for broke. ..."

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