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even break

noun phrase

A fair and equal chance; honest treatment; a FAIR SHAKE: The Bible, I think it is, says never to give a sucker an even break (1911+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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  • It was infinitely more than the facing of foes, the taking of stock, preliminary to the even break.

  • "We called it an even break, and let it go at that," said Steve.

  • "With an even break in the luck, of course," interrupted the Kid.

    Old Man Curry Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
  • I did not even break open the envelope till we were upon the road.

    The Wild Huntress Mayne Reid
  • You just want me to get a gun in my hand--then you'll drop me, and claim an even break.

  • Up to Wednesday night it was an even break—steen points all.

    At Good Old Siwash George Fitch
  • Had they not seen it twist and turn the strong branches of great trees, and sometimes bend, and even break their mighty trunks?

    In Story-land Elizabeth Harrison
  • He prayed that the gods of chance might give him no less than an even break.

  • I did not even break bread under his roof, though I had fasted for a day and a half.

    One Of Them Charles James Lever
  • They were not so successful with the Pittsburghs, and had to be satisfied with an even break.

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