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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.
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
To split something evenly between both parties. I promised the kids that I would divide the last cookie fifty-fifty. Because you helped me so much with the yard sale, I want to divide the profits fifty-fifty.
See also: divide
1. Into two equal portions. Let's just split the bill fifty-fifty.
2. Having an equal chance of one of two results occurring. Refers to a 50 percent probability. Brad has been so unreliable lately that I'd say its fifty-fifty that he comes tonight. When I flip this coin, there is a fifty-fifty chance that it will land on heads.
3. A raffle in which the winner receives half of the money collected. Do you want to buy a ticket for the fifty-fifty? It's up to $700!
divide something fifty-fiftyand 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.
(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.
see under under 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.