go for broke

This page is about the idiom go for broke


If you go for broke, you risk everything, or use all your resources and energy, in order to achieve something.

For example

  • With only five minutes to go and needing a goal to win, we went for broke. We forgot about defending and just attacked again and again - and we got the goal!

  • The boys in the band decided to go for broke, so they dropped out of university and went into music full time.

Quick Quiz

After spending all day at the horse-races and losing all his bets, Harry decided to go for broke so he

a. gave up and went home

b. sat in the bar and got drunk

c. put all his money on "Heavylegs" in the last race

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Contributor: Matt Errey