Sunday, October 31, 2004

Today's OED antedating: "to go for broke"

To go for broke, colloquial, to employ full effort or to risk all ("go," v., sec 58 (h), first use cited 1951): Article titled "Those of the First Generation," by John Lardner, New Yorker, March 31, 1945, p 47, col 1: "'Go for broke' is a Hawaiian pidgin expression conveying the idea of all-out endeavor ... ."