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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

break even

To gain an amount equal to that invested, as in a commercial venture.
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American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Based on these values, the model computes 1) the remaining term (in months) of the existing loan, 2) the new loan amount (assumed to be the existing loan balance plus all refinancing costs), 3) the new principal and interest payment, and 4) the break-even point, in months, of the existing and new loan payments.
However, the impressive sales figure is still "under the break-even point," according to Verhoeven.
The airline's average seat booking rate was below its break-even point of 50% for both routes during the period between May 1999 and March 2000.
And the first step is to determine just how many units you must sell or the amount of sales you need to generate to reach that crucial break-even point.
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It was estimated that the auction house would realize sales of only $5 million this year, $5 million short of the break-even point.
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