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even money

the equal sum staked by each bettor.
equal odds in a wager:
It's even money that the home team will win.
Origin of even money
First recorded in 1890-95
Related forms
even-money, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It's even money that if anyone's been croaked in Oakdale last night they won't have to look far for the guy that done it.

    The Oakdale Affair Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • Then he bet another two thousand on High, an even money bet.

    ...Or Your Money Back Gordon Randall Garrett
  • So he left Chicago on foot, determined to walk home, since he had not even money enough left to pay his fare home.

  • There's even money on Jeremiah for a place; shall I grab it?

    Old Man Curry Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
  • What, now, was even money, since Captain Sam had laid up his treasures above?

  • And as for the tune that was troubling you, it's even money that the band will never play it.

    General John Regan George A. Birmingham
  • That man, by the record of the county, sold his farm for eight hundred and thirty-three dollars—even money, "no cents."

    The Art of Public Speaking Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein
  • even money could not purchase her when it was her whim not to yield.

    The History of Prostitution William W. Sanger
  • Nothing is very real to him, not even money; he put all he had into an irrigation project and left it there.

    Behind the Mirrors Clinton W. Gilbert
  • At the galleys, madame, nothing is so valuable as that reputation, not even money.

    The Village Rector Honore de Balzac
Idioms and Phrases with even money

even money

Equal odds that something will occur, as in It's even money that he'll get the contract. The term comes from gambling, where it signifies equal odds in a bet. [ Late 1800s ]
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