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.
The sample should fail with an even break through the wet layer, just below the top edge of the sample tube.
So go for the PFI, just don't expect an even break.
Yet like Steinbeck, she believed anyone willing to work should get 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.
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.
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.
THERE'S a new motto that's seemingly popular among the politicians in Los Angeles City Hall: Never give suckers an even break.
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.
EAST Stirling finally got an even break yesterday when pools giants Littlewoods awarded them a six figure sum.