split the difference


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split the difference

to divide the difference evenly (with someone else). You want to sell for $120, and I want to buy for $100. Let's split the difference and close the deal at $110. I don't want to split the difference. I want $120.
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split the difference

Compromise between two close figures, divide the remainder equally. For example, You're asking $5,000 for the car and I'm offering $4,000; let's split the difference and make it $4,500 . [c. 1700]
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split the difference

take the average of two proposed amounts.
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split the ˈdifference

agree on an amount of something, such as money, which is halfway between two others: John offered €60, but Peter wanted €100. Finally they split the difference and agreed on €80.
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split the difference

To take half of a disputed amount as a compromise.
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The purchase price of $23,000 per acre for the supposed Mahaffey property nearly split the difference between the $14,000-per-acre port appraisal for the asset and the $30,000-per-acre price of the Mahaffey family's appraisal.
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The two parties split the difference, reaching an agreement at the exact midpoint between them.
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In the event he has split the difference and settled for 5000.
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