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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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Here's an example of break even point analysis on sales volume:
To determine the volume of sales you will need to break even, multiply the number of units you must sell by the selling price.
The first test on an illustration is the aforementioned break even test.
Private sector general insurance provider, SBI General Insurance, has said that it is hoping to break even by FY 15.
But Mr O'Riordan claimed it would not break even in 2007/08 unless the trust received additional funds or cut spending on services.
The proposed $49 million lot would allow parking to be consolidated, eliminating leases and allowing the district to break even in three years, Kendall said.
Global Banking News-April 15, 2013--India First to break even by 2015(C)2013 ENPublishing - http://www.
Two days before the dance we were sweating to sell 100 tickets to just break even,'' Cathy said.
General Motors still expects to break even in Europe this year, despite the growing losses at its Saab brand - but yesterday admitted it would be difficult to hit its target.
Gaitan and the company's founder, Ross Tessien, believe that the development trend and the scientific evidence indicate that sonofusion technology will yield dramatic gains in power output, potentially beyond break even in as short a time as five years.
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The slight ticket price increase expected in 2004, however, will be adequate to take budget airlines back to pre-2001 unit revenue levels and return them to business as usual while network airlines struggle to break even.
Global Banking News-3 April 2009-Deutsche Postbank to break even in Q1, CEO(C)2009 ENPublishing - http://www.
Just 11 more levels down and you will need over 6 billion new members for the 10th level to break even.
In a county that ranks in the state's Top 10 in unemployment and with most of my reimbursement coming from TennCare, I have to deliver 66 babies to break even.