even the score


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even the score

To avenge a wrong or make an unfair situation more equal. After Danny stole my girlfriend, I had to even the score by dating his ex. After taking a big hit, Scott tried to even the score with one of his own, but he ended up getting a penalty.
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ˌeven the ˈscore

harm or punish somebody who has harmed or cheated you in the past: When he discovered how Martha had tricked him, Jack was determined to even the score. OPPOSITE: call it quits
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Gardner's Bailey Miller redirected Courtney Braman's shot from the point 6:39 into the second period to even the score.
Wieghorst's old Celtic team-mate, Lennon, can even the score after 13 years if his Hoops team wins at Ibrox on Sunday and the Dane reckons Lenny's Bhoys will go for it in the same way Advocaat's men did in 1999.
The second-half recovery was very good and we had a couple of chances to even the score.
The match has taken place at Butts Park Arena for the past five years and King Henry will be looking to even the score as Bablake have four of those games.
The Wolverines (23-3) came back to lead 3-1 late in the first quarter, but never led again after Chelsea de Goede scored for the Eagles to even the score 3-3 with 6:35 left in the second.
Being so young at the time, I can neither remember anything about the game nor even the score.
But as Sam and his friends set out to even the score, they soon discover that George may not be the monster they thought and that their revenge could have monstrous consequences of its own.
When Zora and her father take Raspberry home from the hospital that night, Rasp berry steals money from Zora's purse to try to even the score.
The federal government sent in the troops only after Hindu posses had ample time, in some ghoulish way, to even the score, and then some.
Let's hope they even the score and don't just settle for the one venue.
Viduka tortured Killie with a hat-trick in Celtic's 5-1 win the last time they met and Lauchlan will be out to even the score.
The religious group has brought its show to our parking lot, so we thought we'd even the score by putting on our own show for our customers," said Eric Langan, CEO of Rick's Cabaret International, Inc.
Danesha Adams easily converted the opportunity in the eighth minute to even the score 1-1.
The Ferrari driver, trailing Finn Mika Hakkinen by eight points in this year's title race, will be less relaxed on Sunday when he bids to even the score in his own country's grand prix at Hockenheim.