break even

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break even (third-person singular simple present breaks even, present participle breaking even, simple past broke even, past participle broken even)

  1. (idiomatic) To neither gain nor lose money.
    After an entire night playing poker, he nearly broke even.
  2. (idiomatic) To stay the same; to neither advance nor regress.
    It's a lot of work just to break even and keep the weeds down.

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