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break even

Of a financial enterprise, to neither gain profit nor incur debt; to earn and spend money in equal amounts. Thanks to increased sales this quarter, I'm confident that we will break even. When I play the slot machines, I'm happy when I break even. And then I wonder why I'm even playing.
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break even

for income to equal expenses. (This implies that money was not made or lost.) Unfortunately, my business just managed to break even last year. I made a bad investment, but I broke even.
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break even

Neither gain nor lose in some venture, recoup the amount one invested. For example, If the dealer sells five cars a week, he'll break even. This expression probably came from one or another card game (some authorities say it was faro), where it meant to bet that a card would win and lose an equal number of times. It soon was transferred to balancing business gains and losses. Novelist Sinclair Lewis so used it in Our Mr. Wrenn (1914). The usage gave rise to the noun break-even point, for the amount of sales or production needed for a firm to recoup its investment. [Late 1800s]
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break even

reach a point in a business venture where the profits are equal to the costs.
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break ˈeven

make neither a profit nor a loss: In the first year of the business we only just managed to break even.
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break even

To gain an amount equal to that invested, as in a commercial venture.
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To calculate the sales you must generate and the number of units you need to sell for your company to break even, do the following analysis.
But Ford spokesman David Reuter said the automaker is proceeding cautiously and ``still forecasting to break even.
According to Taiwan Cooperative Chairman, Liu Deng-Cheng, the bank is already receiving customer queries about products of the TWD2bn joint venture, and is therefore expecting the venture to break even in less than three years.
The partners have big plans, even though they're struggling to break even with a format featuring big-name - and expensive - talent in small venues.
LSSI's excess margin improved to just below break even only because of an increased contribution from its foundation.
However, management has projected that the hospital will break even at fiscal year end.
After the first weekend, though, we already were past break even.
These statements include the Company's expectations regarding its ability to reduce its expenses, its expectation to achieve its target of break even in first half of 2003, and its revenue and loss per share estimates.
Vantage determined that by bringing the MarketFirst solution in-house it could reduce operational costs dramatically, break even on campaign costs and improve profits within a year.
The Company's efforts will be focused on achieving cash-flow break even by the end of this year through increased Apligraf(R) sales, continued manufacturing cost reductions and revenue growth from additional medical product lines.
The average monthly costs for ongoing operations including, wages, overhead, and administration is currently $70,000 and while we are still a few months away from a break even position we are drawing closer as each month passes.
At this point in time, it is highly unlikely that EMC will break even in our fiscal third quarter.
Additional expense reductions and efficiency gains during July and August will allow TIC to break even by September 2001.
Sequentially; Earnings Per Share Expected to be Break Even to a
We anticipate that we will have sufficient cash to get through the break even point.