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break the bank

vb. 1 (context intransitive English) (''at a casino etc'') To win more money than is available to be paid. 2 (context intransitive idiomatic English) To exhaust one's financial resources.

Break the Bank

Break the Bank may refer to:

  • Breaking the bank, a gambling term

American game shows:

  • Break the Bank (1948 game show), hosted by Bert Parks
  • Break the Bank (1976 game show), hosted by Tom Kennedy and later by Jack Barry
  • Break the Bank (1985 game show), hosted by Gene Rayburn and later by Joe Farago


  • "Break the Bank" (song), by Schoolboy Q from his album Oxymoron
  • "Break the Bank" song from Golden Era (Del the Funky Homosapien album)

Other countries:

  • Kabarkada, Break the Bank, a 2000s Philippine game show
Break the Bank (1948 game show)

Break the Bank is an American quiz show which aired variously on Mutual Radio and ABC, CBS and NBC television from 1945 to 1957. From October 1956 to January 1957, NBC Television aired a short-lived prime-time version called Break the $250,000 Bank.

Break the Bank (1976 game show)

Break the Bank is an American game show created by Jack Barry and Dan Enright and produced by their production company Barry & Enright Productions. It was the first game show produced by Barry and Enright as a tandem since their fall from grace following the 1950s quiz show scandals.

The show aired in the spring and summer of 1976 as an ABC daytime series hosted by Tom Kennedy, and in weekly syndication during the 1976–1977 season, hosted by creator-producer Barry.

Break the Bank (1985 game show)

Break the Bank is a game show created by Richard S. Kline. It aired in syndication from September 16, 1985 to May 23, 1986, with repeats airing until September 12. It was not related to two previous shows by the same name.

The series debuted with Gene Rayburn as host, with Joe Farago taking over in December 1985. Kandace Kuehl was the co-host for the first three shows and was then replaced afterward with 1983 Miss USA winner Julie Hayek. Voice-over artist Michael Hanks was the announcer.

Break the Bank was the first game show produced by Kline's production company Kline & Friends. Kline and many of the show's production staff members had previously worked for Barry & Enright Productions, which had seen significant changes made after company founder Jack Barry died in 1984; Kline and his staff broke away from the company in protest of changes made by co-owner Dan Enright shortly thereafter.

Break the Bank (song)

"Break the Bank" is a song by American hip hop recording artist Schoolboy Q, released on January 21, 2014 by Top Dawg Entertainment and Interscope Records, as the third official single from his third studio album Oxymoron (2014). The song was recorded in 2012 and was produced by The Alchemist. The song has since peaked at number 32 on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

Usage examples of "break the bank".

You can break the bank in Monte Carlo, or pledge your child's nest-egg to a TV evangelistit's all the same to Money.

Otherwise, he could break the bank-call for all the free magical energy there was, and leave no reserve supply for any other of the world’.