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To equalize two things, or to neutralize something with something else. I'm hoping that sleeping in tomorrow will balance out all of my late nights this week. I sent her flowers, hoping that a sweet gesture would balance out our terrible first date.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
to equal out; to become even or fair. These things all balance out in the end. Don't worry. Things will balance out.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. To be or become equal in amount, value, or effect: I had to spend more money this year, but my higher income and my increased spending balanced out.
2. To cause to be equal in amount, value, or effect; equalize: Unfortunately, my loan payments balance out my new income, so I don't have any more money to spend now than I did before.
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