an even break

even break

An equal opportunity; fair treatment. Primarily heard in US. I know I'm not the CEO's niece or daughter, but this is my dream job, and I am more than qualified for it. Can I please just get an even break?
See also: break, even

*an even break

a fair chance; a fair judgment. (*Typically: get ~; have ~; give someone ~.) Please give me an even break! I need some help here!
See also: break, even

an even break

a fair chance. informal
This phrase is perhaps best known from W. C. Fields's catchphrase ‘Never give a sucker an even break’. It is said to have originated in the 1923 musical Poppy, and was also the title of one of Field's films ( 1941 ).
See also: break, even
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I WAS interested to read Robert Sutcliffe's column 'Why you can't give a women an even break at snooker' (Examiner, May 10).
"We have paid together 51 years of tax, all we are asking for is an even break."
2).The sample should fail with an even break through the wet layer, just below the top edge of the sample tube.
via email They have a quaint old saying over there, "Never give a sucker an even break".
Which American actor starred in the comedy Never Give a Sucker An Even Break? 2.
"When I think of those two I am always reminded of the famous line from WC Fields, 'Never give a sucker an even break'.
If ever a guy deserved an even break after the two years he's had, it's him.
Aleksandr Mostovoi, one of only three in the squad who play abroad, is appealing for the law to give him an even break during Euro 2004.
The whole point of an NHS is to give patients an even break.
I've got to get a laugh out of this picture somewhere even if it's down in India." Fields' humor was evidently lost on Breen, who became even more picky when dealing with Fields' 1941 movie Never Give a Sucker an Even Break. Breen was determined not to let Fields get away with anything this time and his memo to the studio is quite explicit and peremptory: "Any and all dialogue and showing of bananas and pineapples is unacceptable."
You can show your disgust at soccer's money-grabbers by wearing one of our FREE lapel badges, pictured above, calling on the clubs, TV - with their pay-per-view schemes - and bookies to give the fan an even break.
And if fortune had cut her an even break, she would have broken the biggest monopoly in SW19 since the All England Club decided they could get away with charging pounds 4 for a pint.
TONY BULLOCK is looking for an even break from now until the end of the season in a bid to secure his future with Dundee United.
But the boss doesn't rely on fate giving Killie an even break. He said: "We've played Celtic three times in the SPL this season and lost narrowly but I don't believe in the law of averages winning matches.
EAST Stirling finally got an even break yesterday when pools giants Littlewoods awarded them a six figure sum.