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go halves

To share the cost of something equally between two people. We each had about the same amount to eat and drink, so let's go halves on the bill. I'm pretty broke, but I'll go halves with you on a bottle of wine.
See also: halves

fifty-fifty chance

An equal chance of one of two results occurring. Refers to a 50% probability. When I flip this coin, there is a fifty-fifty chance that it will land on heads.
See also: chance

divide something fifty-fifty

 and split something fifty-fifty
to divide something into two equal parts. (The fifty means 50 percent.) Tommy and Billy divided the candy fifty-fifty. The robbers split the money fifty-fifty.
See also: divide


even or equal. (See also go fifty-fifty (on something).) The chances of success are about fifty-fifty. Even at fifty-fifty, it's probably worth it, you know.

go fifty-fifty

(on something) to divide the cost of something in half with someone. Todd and Jean decided to go fifty-fifty on dinner. The two brothers went fifty-fifty on a replacement for the broken lamp.

a fifty-fifty chance

if there is a fifty-fifty chance of something happening, it is equally likely to happen or not to happen (usually + of + doing sth) I'd say he's got a fifty-fifty chance of winning the race.
See also: chance


if something is divided fifty-fifty, it is divided equally between two people We decided to split the money fifty-fifty. Let's go fifty-fifty on the expenses for our trip.


see under under go halves.

go halves

Also, go fifty-fifty. Share equally. For example, Ann suggested that they go halves on the rent, or The brothers are going fifty-fifty in their new business. The first term dates from the late 1600s, the variant from the early 1900s.
See also: halves
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One which had printed fifty million dollars of stock for sale was sold at auction in 1909 for four hundred thousand dollars.
I had nearly five thousand volumes in my library at Rome; but after reading them over many times, I found out that with one hundred and fifty well-chosen books a man possesses, if not a complete summary of all human knowledge, at least all that a man need really know.
We will give the fifty pistoles to the hostess for our expenses," said D'Artagnan, "and share the three hundred.
Had it come of the fact that, presuming too much on my good fortune, I had seemed to be intending to desert her (even as De Griers had done) when once I had given her the fifty thousand francs?
He also provided himself with three thoroughly tested iron anchors, and a light but strong silk ladder fifty feet in length.
When Tarzan had related his adventures and told them of the yellow metal he had found, not one demurred when he outlined a plan to return by night and bring away what they could carry of the vast treasure; and so it was that as dusk fell across the desolate valley of Opar fifty ebon warriors trailed at a smart trot over the dry and dusty ground toward the giant bowlder that loomed before the city.
Jacks--is willing to give fifty pounds to discover your whereabouts.
It was not yet quite midwinter, and the turbulent Fifty Mile River vindicated his judgment.
When THE PARTHENON check of three hundred and fifty dollars was forwarded to him, he turned it over to the local lawyer who had attended to Brissenden's affairs for his family.
If we restored it to its rightful owner there was fifty dollars in it for us.
Lost Margaret took my heart with her--out there," said the old lover, who had been faithful for fifty years to his drowned sweetheart.
Another set pretended that out of one thousand new moons that had been observed, nine hundred and fifty had been attended with remarkable disturbances, such as cataclysms, revolutions, earthquakes, the deluge, etc.
With fifty patches painted on faces and limbs--so sat ye there to mine astonishment, ye present-day men!
The haystacks could not possibly contain fifty wagon-loads each, and to convict the peasants Levin ordered the wagons that had carried the hay to be brought up directly, to lift one stack, and carry it into the barn.
We must begin by showing how the Diamond first fell into the hands of my uncle Herncastle, when he was serving in India fifty years since.