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break-even

or breakeven

[breyk-ee-vuh n] /ˈbreɪkˈi vən/
adjective
1.
having income exactly equal to expenditure, thus showing neither profit nor loss.
noun
3.
Energy. the stage at which a fission or fusion reaction becomes self-sustaining.
Origin of break-even
1935-1940
1935-40, Americanism
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Word Origin and History for breakeven
adj.

also break-even; usually with point, 1938, from break (v.) + even (adv.). The verbal phrase in the financial sense is recorded from 1914.

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