having income exactly equal to expenditure, thus showing neither profit nor loss.
Energy. the stage at which a fission or fusion reaction becomes self-sustaining.
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How to use break-even in a sentence
More funding will be necessary for the athletes just to break even, but at least it initially helped get the trio to the Games.India’s Olympic Mess: Why You Won’t See the Nation’s Flag in Sochi | Kevin Fixler | February 6, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Then again, I feel The Lone Ranger might break even thanks to DVD sales.
Next, consider that for the next four months, assuming no big shocks or great changes, the government will essentially break even.
Which, probably not coincidentally, is well under the break-even price for shale oil projects.Fracking is Pitting OPEC Members Against Each Other. It Couldn't Happen to a Nicer Bunch of Cartel Members. | Megan McArdle | May 29, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
The red line is the approximate break-even price of the average tar sands producer.The Quixotic Crusade Against the Keystone Pipeline | Megan McArdle | March 1, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
She was too young to know that under the world's judgments clean hearts break even more easily than soiled ones.The Dark Tower | Phyllis Bottome
The more I think about todays game, fellows, the more certain I am that we were mighty lucky to break even!Left Half Harmon | Ralph Henry Barbour
What salary you receive over there would just about meet the expenses of the trip, so that you would break even.The Boy With the U. S. Fisheries | Francis Rolt-Wheeler
The chromite petered out in a month and a half, and he was lucky to break even.All Day September | Roger Kuykendall
One year out of five will break even, two years will make a little money and the other two years will make big money.Farm Mechanics | Herbert A. Shearer
British Dictionary definitions for break even
(intr, adverb) to attain a level of activity, as in commerce, or a point of operation, as in gambling, at which there is neither profit nor loss
the level of commercial activity at which the total cost and total revenue of a business enterprise are equal
(as modifier): breakeven prices
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Other Idioms and Phrases with break-even
Neither gain nor lose in some venture, recoup the amount one invested. For example, If the dealer sells five cars a week, he'll break even. This expression probably came from one or another card game (some authorities say it was faro), where it meant to bet that a card would win and lose an equal number of times. It soon was transferred to balancing business gains and losses. Novelist Sinclair Lewis so used it in Our Mr. Wrenn (1914). The usage gave rise to the noun break-even point, for the amount of sales or production needed for a firm to recoup its investment. [Late 1800s]
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