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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.
See also: even, Steven


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]


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?
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My name was Even-Steven Steven and it had all gone quiet over there.
I would say it was pretty even-stevens after the first day," said Derrick.
The second half was even-stevens although again we had a couple of chances.
But now it's even-stevens and we've something to play for.
She said: "I think it's turned out even-stevens at the end of the day.
Most bookies make Derby County and Middlesbrough even-stevens to take the title.
It is even-stevens for Cardiff in South Wales and Conwy in North Wales, which lead the way with 10 Green Flag Award sites per county.
Surely if two rival clubs were equally good we could call it all-square, quits, even-stevens and all live happily ever after.
and next year looks like even-Stevens even with the World Cup and the Winter Olympics.
For the first 10 minutes it was even-stevens and Saracens were unlucky not to get on the scoresheet when they were held up over the line.
The morning was all about England, the afternoon was even-stevens and then the evening was Australia's - an exciting combination and that is what we want.
Chelsea had very good chances in the first leg but we created some in the second leg so I think it was even-stevens and it was sad it went to penalties.
It was even-stevens in terms of possession in the first half but the Scholars conjured the better chances in the pouring rain.
I thought we did pretty well against Australia last year - we were playing the best side in the world and we came out almost even-stevens with them so that shows we're capable of beating any side in the world.