The street was covered with broken glass.
a broken vase that could not be repaired
Recent Examples on the WebAfter all, it’s been decades (word of advice: don’t mention how long her career has been) that she’s racked up a steady stream of chart-toppers and broken records.—Steven J. Horowitz, Variety, 18 Nov. 2023 Since the show debuted on the streaming service, it's gained a new audience and broken records.—Stephanie Petit, Peoplemag, 17 Nov. 2023 The health care system for the elderly is neglected, broken and inadequate to meet any demands, even the basic needs.—Jordan Rau, New York Times, 14 Nov. 2023 The musical will tell the story of Jesse, a successful businesswoman, mother and wife who is hiding a broken heart.—Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Nov. 2023 But the reactions at work can also burn the scalp, and the broken skin is then vulnerable to other potentially harmful ingredients that these products may contain, such as parabens and phthalates.—Syris Valentine, Scientific American, 14 Nov. 2023 Sunrise had occurred after the fire’s start, so light focused through broken glass couldn’t have been a cause.—John Riha, Discover Magazine, 12 Nov. 2023 The deputy suffered a broken pelvis and remains hospitalized but is expected to survive, Moore said.—James Queally, Los Angeles Times, 10 Nov. 2023 But this has been exacerbated by a broken political system.—Fortune Editors, Fortune, 9 Nov. 2023 See More
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Middle English, from Old English brocen, from past participle of brecan to break