Meaning of Idiom ‘Even Steven’
To be even steven means to be exactly equal, have an equal chance, or to have nothing owed on either side of a transaction or other arrangement. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010.
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“I paid you what I owed you. We’re even-steven now.”
“We all had an even-stevens chance to win.”
“Why are you getting more money than me? I thought this was an even-stevens deal!”
“We can share this candy bar if you want,” said Peter. “Even-steven?” asked Sam, “Even-steven,” replied Peter.
Used since the mid-1800’s, the name Steven probably does not refer to any person who actually existed but instead, is used as a simple rhyming intensive with even.
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