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or 50-50

[fif-tee-fif-tee] /ˈfɪf tiˈfɪf ti/
equally good and bad, likely and unlikely, favorable and unfavorable, etc.:
a fifty-fifty chance of winning.
in an evenly or equally divided way:
The board voted fifty-fifty on the merger.
go fifty-fifty (on), to share equally in the cost, responsibility, or profits (of):
We went fifty-fifty on the dinner check.
Origin of fifty-fifty
An Americanism dating back to 1910-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The chairman of the committee then asked him the proportion of the two ingredients, and he said fifty-fifty.

  • The proceeds is to be cut up fifty-fifty as between me and him.

    From Place to Place Irvin S. Cobb
  • This threat to disrupt his fifty-fifty plan brought him out of something that was like stupor.

  • But if either of us will do, that'll give us each a fifty-fifty chance to escape your toils.

    Spacehounds of IPC Edward Elmer Smith
  • You promised that if we would share our lives with you, you'd go fifty-fifty with us on your financial security.

    The Kingdom Round the Corner Coningsby Dawson
  • Perhaps in only a minimum of cases will the load ever be divided “fifty-fifty.”

    Working With the Working Woman Cornelia Stratton Parker
  • Or perhaps I should say that fifty-fifty was about the way it stood when we started in at the game.

    Sea-Hounds Lewis R. Freeman
  • Why, boss, by fifty-fifty ah means one rabbit and one hawss.

British Dictionary definitions for fifty-fifty


adjective, adverb
(informal) shared or sharing equally; in equal parts
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Slang definitions & phrases for fifty-fifty



Equally or fairly shared: split the pizza fifty-fifty (1913+)

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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Idioms and Phrases with fifty-fifty


see under under go halves
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