TAKE THIS QUIZ IF A DAZZLING VOCABULARY IS YOUR DESIDERATUM!
Origin of break-even
Words nearby break-even
Example sentences from the Web for break-even
Which, probably not coincidentally, is well under the break-even price for shale oil projects.
British Dictionary definitions for break-even
- the level of commercial activity at which the total cost and total revenue of a business enterprise are equal
- (as modifier)breakeven prices
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]