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even Steven

slang Equal in something, especially after repaying a debt. All right, here's the $10 I owe you—now we're even Steven.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.


Exactly equal; also, with nothing due or owed on either side. For example, I've paid it all back, so now we're even-steven. This rhyming phrase is used as an intensive for even. [Mid-1800s]
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.


1. mod. evenly divided. He made the two piles of diamonds even-Steven and then let me choose which one I wanted.
2. mod. even; balanced. Now that we’ve given each other black eyes, are we even-Steven?
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Maybe it's because I'm called Steven that I like the result of even-steven so much.
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It was even-stevens in the first half and we put a little bit of pressure on them."
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But now it's even-stevens and we've something to play for."
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She said: "I think it's turned out even-stevens at the end of the day.
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It was tough this morning, it seamed around and swung a bit and Derbyshire bowled very, very well but it's even-stevens on the scoreboard now."
Surely if two rival clubs were equally good we could call it all-square, quits, even-stevens and all live happily ever after.
'I would say it was pretty even-stevens after the first day," said Derrick.
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