[ee-vuh n-stee-vuh n]
- 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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Related Words for even-stevenambiguous, cautious, tactful, equivocal, wary, neutral, discreet, circumspect, evasive, judicious, careful, vague, fair, decent, honest, unbiased, reasonable, stable, proper, partly
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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