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even break

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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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  • "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
  • But Kennedy had said there was no such thing as an even break with Whispering Smith.

    Whispering Smith Frank H. Spearman
  • I did not even break open the envelope till we were upon the road.

    The Wild Huntress Mayne Reid
  • Up to Wednesday night it was an even break—steen points all.

    At Good Old Siwash George Fitch
  • They had a contest a short time ago, and Buck got an even break with him.

    Mason of Bar X Ranch Henry Bennett
  • He prayed that the gods of chance might give him no less than an even break.

  • They were not so successful with the Pittsburghs, and had to be satisfied with an even break.

  • Now that no one was about he might even break off a sprig of blossoms.

    Ticktock and Jim Keith Robertson
  • With an even break of fortune there might have been a different story to relate.

    Quarter-Back Bates Ralph Henry Barbour

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