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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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I can tell you we had $11,000 above the breaking even point," Uli Walther, executive chairman of the manufacturing and screw sales business, recalls.
It's some way off being able to break even or get into profitability, but probably some time towards the end of the next calendar year, it could get close to breaking even on a month by month basis."
Airbus expects to deliver about 300 aircraft annually over the next few years, which is similar to recent output and enough to keep the company breaking even, Reuters reported.
Niche films' low budgets mean they still have a good chance of at least breaking even. Twentieth Century Fox will only have to gross a couple of million dollars to earn back its money on its recent release The Brothers McMullen.
y'When we started, we were earning about N16 million and spending about N56 million, but right now, we can comfortably say we earn over N80 million although, we still spend over N100 million, which is closer to breaking even.
In this market, "we should be close to breaking even," he says.