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go halves

To share the cost of something equally between two people. We each had about the same amount to eat and drink, so let's go halves on the bill. I'm pretty broke, but I'll go halves with you on a bottle of wine.
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fifty-fifty chance

An equal chance of one of two results occurring. Refers to a 50% probability. When I flip this coin, there is a fifty-fifty chance that it will land on heads.
See also: chance

divide (something) fifty-fifty

To split something evenly between both parties. I promised the kids that I would divide the last cookie fifty-fifty. Because you helped me so much with the yard sale, I want to divide the profits fifty-fifty.
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1. Into two equal portions. Let's just split the bill fifty-fifty.
2. Having an equal chance of one of two results occurring. Refers to a 50 percent probability. Brad has been so unreliable lately that I'd say its fifty-fifty that he comes tonight. When I flip this coin, there is a fifty-fifty chance that it will land on heads.
3. A raffle in which the winner receives half of the money collected. Do you want to buy a ticket for the fifty-fifty? It's up to $700!

Heinz 57 (variety)

1. A phrase used to describe anything that is made up of a mixture of things. The phrase refers to an advertising slogan for the H.J. Heinz Company's 57 varieties of pickles. This stew is definitely Heinz 57 variety—there's a lot of different things thrown into it.
2. A mixed-breed dog. I have no idea what breed Sparky is—he seems to be Heinz 57.
See also: 57, Heinz

divide something fifty-fifty

 and split something fifty-fifty
to divide something into two equal parts. (The fifty means 50 percent.) Tommy and Billy divided the candy fifty-fifty. The robbers split the money fifty-fifty.
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even or equal. (See also go fifty-fifty (on something).) The chances of success are about fifty-fifty. Even at fifty-fifty, it's probably worth it, you know.

go fifty-fifty

(on something) to divide the cost of something in half with someone. Todd and Jean decided to go fifty-fifty on dinner. The two brothers went fifty-fifty on a replacement for the broken lamp.


see under under go halves.

go halves

Also, go fifty-fifty. Share equally. For example, Ann suggested that they go halves on the rent, or The brothers are going fifty-fifty in their new business. The first term dates from the late 1600s, the variant from the early 1900s.
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go halves (or shares)

share something equally.
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(informal) divided equally between two people, groups or possibilities: Let’s split the bill fifty-fifty.She has a fifty-fifty chance of winning.

go ˈhalves (with somebody)


go ˌhalf and ˈhalf (with somebody)

(informal) share the total cost of something equally with somebody else: If you drive me up to Edinburgh, we’ll go halves on the petrol.
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References in classic literature ?
Taking the United States as a whole, there are to-day fully two hundred and fifty thousand people who are paying for two telephones instead of one, an economic waste of at least ten million dollars a year.
In 1907 four hundred and fifty-eight thousand independent telephones were linked by wire to the nearest Bell Company; and in 1908 these were followed by three hundred and fifty thousand more.
It is strung out over fifty thousand cities and communities.
French Frank, aided by John Barleycorn, orated hypocritically about virtue and honesty, and, despite his fifty years, got Whisky Bob out on the sand and proceeded to lick him.
The fifty dollars reward would never be paid for that pitiful mess of splinters on the sand beneath us.
I had nearly five thousand volumes in my library at Rome; but after reading them over many times, I found out that with one hundred and fifty well-chosen books a man possesses, if not a complete summary of all human knowledge, at least all that a man need really know.
First of all I must have fifty thousand francs, and you shall give them to me at Frankfurt.
If I were to give you those fifty thousand francs, what should I have left for myself?
But it would not take us more than two months to get through fifty thousand francs; for, look you, je suis bonne enfante, et tu verras des etoiles, you may be sure.
There will remain, then, four hundred and fifty pistoles," said D'Artagnan, contentedly.
Good for the hundred pistoles; there remains, then, three hundred and fifty.
We will give the fifty pistoles to the hostess for our expenses," said D'Artagnan, "and share the three hundred.
We who have faced fifty foes on the high road can well meet two in the Place Royale.
said Manicamp, laying down the pen, "a place in the household of Monsieur for fifty pistoles?
ph/) Fifty Shades of Grey " was released in February 2015 and earned 571 million in the United States alone.