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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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This is why the valuation process of the break-even point must use your input, as an attorney, in helping you to decide when to settle and when to go to trial.
The break-even point steadily declines over the lowest taxable income range, which is taxed at 15%.
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Figure 2 also indicates a foundry's production costs, overhead costs, required return, net profits less required return, and taxes when the production time is below the cost break-even point.
If this is not done the solver routine may fail to find a break-even point.
Although entrepreneurs often fail to realize the significance of recognizing and reaching the break-even point in the financial cycle, understanding what it takes to break even is critical to making any business profitable.
If a manager i s unsuccessful in this area, it probably stems from the fact that he doesn't speak the language of management verywell; he fails to convincingly state his arguments of how many dollars of new sales are necessary to justify the cost of adding another salesperson; where the break-even point is in putting another man on; and how many additional profit dollars can be generated.
It was estimated that the auction house would realize sales of only $5 million this year, $5 million short of the break-even point.
Although we have posted a net loss for the first two quarters of 2006, we have successfully transitioned enough production into our new Mexico facility that we are now operating at slightly better than break-even point beginning in March 2006, just six months after the purchase.
The domestic box office break-even point for Vinton's films can be as low as $25 million when factored with ancillary revenue from home video and consumer products, he said.
500 (121-172-45-4) and six games above the break-even point (94-88-25) after the hiatus.
The SPX has moseyed around the break-even point all day, trading in a daily range of nine points, or less than one percent.