Definition of go for broke in English:

go for broke

phrase

informal
  • Risk everything in an all-out effort.

    • ‘I decided to go for broke and turn professional and see how I got on’
    • ‘Villa upped their game and went for broke, throwing everything forward in an effort to get back into the match - and it worked.’
    • ‘Could it be that this enigmatic prince has decided to go for broke and risk avoiding the best bloodline in order to find a new and possibly richer source of equine wealth?’
    • ‘Recognising the difficulty of defeating the Allies on land, the German leadership decided to go for broke by launching an all-out submarine offensive, regardless of the risk.’
    • ‘As he prepared to go onstage at the famous Newport Folk Festival last weekend, Cleaves recalled going for broke before recording Broke Down.’
    • ‘Heath then went for broke, attempting a cross court nick off the serve which went down giving Boswell match point.’
    • ‘When I first listened to Mass Romantic, I heard a band collectively going for broke, attempting to cram as many aural ideas as possible into the space of a pop song, without ever exhausting their resources.’
    • ‘I then changed my tactics and decided that I was going to go for broke with a more flamboyant bet.’
    • ‘The visitors went for broke after the interval and pushed forward at every opportunity only to be undone by another Westport Set-piece in the 56th minute.’
    • ‘Occasions that cried out for a drop-goal attempt, especially with Eric Elwood and McHugh in wait, were passed up, as Connacht went for broke.’
    • ‘Shayler characteristically went for broke, for the option promising maximum exposure - and it may guarantee him a life in the public eye when he emerges from Belmarsh.’
    • ‘Graham Branch instantly replaced Alan Moore for his first start in over six weeks, pushing straight into attack as Burnley went for broke.’
    • ‘Stanley went for broke at the break by replacing O'Neill with McEvilly following the striker's three-match ban.’
    • ‘It was in the final ten minutes that the town men went for broke.’
    • ‘Leung went for broke, recognising that he was in probably the most culturally diverse suburb in Auckland.’
    • ‘Manager Eugene Byrne threw caution to the wind and went for broke with ten minutes to go.’
    • ‘With a minute left, Pock went for broke when they won a lineout in the bottom corner and tried to throw the ball wide.’
    • ‘After the success of her first major label album, 1997's Stuff, many other new artists would have gone for broke with a quick second album, but McNarland and her cameraman husband chose to honour nature over her bank account.’
    • ‘I am a risk-taker and I would have gone for broke during the dotcom boom.’
    • ‘So to toughen resolve and get US consumption, production and employment back on a more predictable track, they have gone for broke.’
    • ‘Last year in the final, Roddick tried the blunderbuss approach, going for broke on just about every shot, serving like a demon and hitting the lines with his ground-strokes.’
    attempt, endeavour, make an effort, exert oneself, seek, strive, struggle, do one's best, do one's utmost, do all one can