or e·ven-Ste·ven

[ee-vuh n-stee-vuh n]

adjective Informal.

having no balance of debt on either side; even in the setting of accounts.
having an equal chance or score; tied.

Nearby words

  1. even permutation,
  2. even so,
  3. even up,
  4. even-handed,
  5. even-minded,
  6. even-tempered,
  7. even-toed ungulate,
  8. evenfall,
  9. evenhanded,
  10. evenhandedly

Origin of even-steven

First recorded in 1865–70; rhyming compound based on even1

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Idioms and Phrases with even-steven


Exactly equal; also, with nothing due or owed on either side. For example, I've paid it all back, so now we're even-steven. This rhyming phrase is used as an intensive for even. [Mid-1800s]

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