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balance the books

Add up the debits and credits of an account and determine the difference; also, bring the two sides into equilibrium. For example, It's Joe's job to balance the books each quarter. [ Late 1500s ]
Settle an account by paying what is due, as in We can't balance the books till your last check clears. [ Early 1700s ]
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