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be even Steven(s)
1. slang To have no outstanding debt between one another. All right, here's the $10 I owe you—now we're even Stevens.
2. slang To be completely equal. As a parent, you've got to always make sure things are even Steven between your kids, or they'll get horribly jealous of each other.
See also: even
slang Equal in something, especially after repaying a debt. All right, here's the $10 I owe you—now we're even Steven.
slang Equal in something, especially after repaying a debt. All right, here's the $10 I owe you—now we're even stevens.
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to be even (with someone or something) by having repaid a debt, replied in kind, etc. Bill hit Tom; then Tom hit Bill. Now they are even Steven. Mary paid Ann the $100 she owed her. Ann said, "Good, we are even Steven."
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even Stephens (or Stevens)an even chance.
1990 Alan Duff Once Were Warriors And I give her half. Clean down the middle. Even stevens. I don't try and cheat her out of her share.
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