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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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.


(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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The evenness is used as an indicator for dominance among the species in community.
Species evenness was measured with evenness index (denoted by E) given by Hill (1973).
Community diversity, indicated by Shannon's H' value, was 2.14 [+ or -] 0.05 and community evenness (Shannon's evenness) was 0.76 [+ or -] 0.01.
When the blended yarn is subjected to a force the components will be elongated, as the load increase relativelyweaker cotton fibers with smaller elongation break first and then the entire load will be shifted to polyester fibers whichaccording to their ratio in blend will deal it.Analysis of EvennessTo analyse the effect of yarn material on yarn evenness, comparison of the data is shown in Fig.3.
It is clear from the results in Table-3 that evenness in yarns increases the tensile properties despite having the same linear mass density.
We compare the evenness and completeness of coverage between NEBNext Ultra and Illumina TruSeq kits for bacterial genomes of varying size and %GC content.
The Shannon evenness is 0.7292 for woody plants and 0.6436 for herbs, respectively.
This report investigates trends in school segregation in Maryland over the last two decades by examining concentration, exposure, and evenness measures by both race and class.
This phenomenon highlights two important aspects of biodiversity: 1) species richness, which is the number of species present in a community; and 2) species evenness, which is the number of individuals present from each species.
In this study, we attempted to assess the rotifer species richness, diversity, and evenness in four seasons from December 2009 to June 2010 and to predict the state of a natural pond in relation to physical-chemical parameters.
Pauls Putnins made a scowling, edgy Elijah who sang with decent resonance and clear diction, but seemed reluctant to explore the role's emotional depths - until 'It is enough', which perfectly conveyed the required blend of despair and acceptance (complemented by a marvellous vibrato-rich cello solo.) Of the rest, soprano Helena Dix delivered 'What have I to do with thee' very dramatically - though she was rather too shrill to do full expressive justice to 'Hear ye, Israel' - and tenor Peter Auty's evenness of line did much to compensate for his indistinct words.
Think of Apollo, evenness in stride, conduit between gods.
Data from each student's playing were analyzed for the evenness of time between each stroke of the key, and statistical tests were run comparing the evenness data with aspects including handedness, hand used, and inward and outward playing of each hand (outward being more difficult due to the cross-under of the thumb).
2) Improved skin tone, clarity, evenness, and reduction in acne related breakouts.
We used the Shannon Index (Shannon and Weaver, 1949) and Simpson's Dominance Index (Simpson, 1949) as measures of diversity and evenness in each exclosed and unexclosed plot.