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be even (with someone)

1. To not be indebted (to someone) for something; to not owe (someone) anything. I helped Sarah set up the community center for her casino night in return for her helping me move, so she and I are even now. Tell you what: buy me dinner this Friday. That way, you'll be even with me for the money I lent you.
2. To no longer have cause to seek revenge (against someone). You broke the tail light on my car, so I slashed your tires—now we're even.
See also: even

get even (with someone)

To exact revenge or take retaliatory action (against someone) as a means of equalizing some prior mistreatment. This prank may seem elaborate, but I need to get even with my brother for dumping a bucket of water on me the other day. After Sheila figured out that Tammy was the one who had started the rumor about her, she swore that she would get even. No one criticizes the boss, as we're all afraid he may fire us just to get even.
See also: even, get
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(with someone) not being indebted to someone for money; no longer needing to retaliate against someone. (*Typically: be ~; get ~.) I will get even with you for breaking my baseball bat! Jimmy got even with Bill by punching him in the nose.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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'You are using a criteria that suits your own agenda, it is not about portfolios being distributed evenly or not,' he said.
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Beat the butter, sugar and a small pinch of salt together until evenly mixed.
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Synopsis: About six in 10 Americans think money and wealth should be more evenly distributed among a larger percentage of people in the U.S.
Molten solder will wet more aggressively to a hotter surface, so the majority of the solder volume pools at the toe and heel and does not evenly coat the pad and component lead.
Simply clap it to release the powder, rub the mitt over your skin, and watch the sand simply fall away, leaving your skin feeling silky, smooth, and clean, as the powder dispenses evenly.
Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes, stirring every five minutes, until evenly toasted.
Summary: The deal, which replaces a $1.15 billion facility which matures this month, was signed by 15 banks in total and was split almost evenly between a conventional tranche and a sharia-compliant piece.
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