even-steven

even-steven

[ee-vuhn-stee-vuhn]
adjective Informal.
1.
having no balance of debt on either side; even in the setting of accounts.
2.
having an equal chance or score; tied.
Also, even-Steven.


Origin:
1865–70; rhyming compound based on even1

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even-steven

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]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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