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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