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split the difference

To find and agree upon the point halfway or nearly halfway between two amounts of something, especially money. A: "I'll give you $100 for the computer." B: "I'm sorry, but I can't take lower than $150." A: "Why don't we split the difference and call it $125?"
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split the difference

to divide the difference evenly (with someone else). You want to sell for $120, and I want to buy for $100. Let's split the difference and close the deal at $110. I don't want to split the difference. I want $120.
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split the difference

Compromise between two close figures, divide the remainder equally. For example, You're asking $5,000 for the car and I'm offering $4,000; let's split the difference and make it $4,500 . [c. 1700]
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split the difference

take the average of two proposed amounts.
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split the ˈdifference

agree on an amount of something, such as money, which is halfway between two others: John offered €60, but Peter wanted €100. Finally they split the difference and agreed on €80.
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split the difference

To take half of a disputed amount as a compromise.
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Workers will not simply receive raises in the form of a percentage increase in their base salary, but will have new forms of compensation, such as merit increases, incentive awards, stock ownership, and gain sharing -- a group-based incentive program in which workers try to save the company money and the company splits the difference with the workers.
Aidan O'Brien splits the difference by running Misty For Me over a mile and a quarter this afternoon, and the new distance should prove within her compass.