even-steven


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Related to even-steven: follow suit, catch up, in the first place, the likes of, lined up

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]

even-Steven

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.
It was even-stevens in the first half and we put a little bit of pressure on them.
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.
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.
It was even-stevens on Saturday against Woking in the first half.