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even money

noun
1.
the equal sum staked by each bettor.
2.
equal odds in a wager:
It's even money that the home team will win.
Origin of even money
1890-1895
First recorded in 1890-95
Related forms
even-money, adjective
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  • There's even money on Jeremiah for a place; shall I grab it?

    Old Man Curry

    Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
  • 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
  • Then he bet another two thousand on High, an even money bet.

    ...Or Your Money Back Gordon Randall Garrett
  • She was so irritable and so offensive that even money could not purchase aid.

    Hubert's Wife

    Minnie Mary Lee
  • Of course, having not even money, we still less have credit.

    Looking Backward Edward Bellamy
  • even money could not purchase her when it was her whim not to yield.

    The History of Prostitution William W. Sanger
  • “Not even money would have made a difference,” Laura maintained.

  • Have I ever refused you clothes, or even money for your tobacco?

    Autumn Glory

    Ren Bazin
  • At the galleys, madame, nothing is so valuable as that reputation, not even money.

    The Village Rector Honore de Balzac
  • I won't do the lad's character the injustice of backing it at even money.

    No Name Wilkie Collins
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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