- equally good and bad, likely and unlikely, favorable and unfavorable, etc.: a fifty-fifty chance of winning.
- in an evenly or equally divided way: The board voted fifty-fifty on the merger.
- go fifty-fifty (on), to share equally in the cost, responsibility, or profits (of): We went fifty-fifty on the dinner check.
Origin of fifty-fifty
An Americanism dating back to 1910–15
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Examples from the Web for fifty-fifty
I say when you have a decision to make and your mind is about fifty-fifty on the subject, how do you decide?Shavings
Joseph C. Lincoln
What do we want to split fifty-fifty with them soft, fat millionaires for?The Crimson Tide
Robert W. Chambers
The proceeds is to be cut up fifty-fifty as between me and him.From Place to Place
Irvin S. Cobb
But if either of us will do, that'll give us each a fifty-fifty chance to escape your toils.Spacehounds of IPC
Edward Elmer Smith
Perhaps in only a minimum of cases will the load ever be divided “fifty-fifty.”Working With the Working Woman
Cornelia Stratton Parker
- informal shared or sharing equally; in equal parts
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Idioms and Phrases with fifty-fifty
see under under go halves.
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