achy-breaky

adjective
\ ˈā-kē-ˈbrā-kē How to pronounce achy-breaky (audio) \

Definition of achy-breaky

informal : achingly sad : achy In one video, he turned himself into an ad-campaign cowboy singing achy-breaky songs, satirizing Nashville while also twanging his heart out.— Blake Gopnik, Washington Post, 19 May 2008

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First Known Use of achy-breaky

1991, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for achy-breaky

achy + (heart)break(ing) + -y entry 1

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The first known use of achy-breaky was in 1991

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“Achy-breaky.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/achy-breaky. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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