go for broke

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From Hawaiian Pidgin craps slang, meaning “to wager everything on one roll”: one would be broke, i.e. bankrupt, if one lost.[1]

Popularized by the movie Go for Broke! (1951), which is named for the 442nd Infantry Regiment’s unit motto.


go for broke

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

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  1. ^ The movie Go for Broke!, which popularized this phrase, gives this etymology.