or e·ven-Ste·ven

[ ee-vuh n-stee-vuh n ]
/ ˈi vənˈsti vən /

adjective Informal.

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

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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