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even Steven

slang Equal in something, especially after repaying a debt. All right, here's the $10 I owe you—now we're even Steven.
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even Steven

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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Exactly equal; also, with nothing due or owed on either side. For example, I've paid it all back, so now we're even-steven. This rhyming phrase is used as an intensive for even. [Mid-1800s]


1. mod. evenly divided. He made the two piles of diamonds even-Steven and then let me choose which one I wanted.
2. mod. even; balanced. Now that we’ve given each other black eyes, are we even-Steven?
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2nd Prize Winner: Donald Artig with Elaine Dean, The Corcoran Group; Haft Willkie, Brown Harris Stevens Residential Sales; Pare Liebman, The Corcoran Group; Raye Dube (winner), Brown Harris Stevens Residential Sales and Jim Gricar, Brown Harris Stevens Residential Sales
Locally, Eskimos often vote Democratic, but for 30 years, they have steadfastly supported Stevens and the state's Republican delegation in Congress--largely, says Sarah Lukin of the Native American Contracting Association, "because they've been such a great help to the natives and the ANCs [Alaskan native Corporations].
Stevens and Swan, like most commentators, are thus quick to highlight the contesting extremes of de Kooning's endeavors--high craft and low vulgarity, erotic excess peppered by religious undertones, luscious bawdiness versus dark horror, and so forth.
No slouch in the looks department himself, Steven says he didn't know any gay people growing up, but his time at the bar gave him a crash course.
Stevens enjoyed fishing and working around his home.
It was a selective advantage for this animal to see three-dimensionally ahead of it," Stevens says.
The fire was devastating, and yet the quick decision to rebuild it was quite a relief," says Stevens.
Stevens says acting--especially improv--has been a longtime love of hers.
Answering the critics, Mitchell Stevens portrays home schoolers as communitarians, not isolationists.