Definition of even-steven in English:

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even-steven

Pronunciation: /ˌēvənˈstēvən/

adjective& adverb

informal
Used in reference to fair and equal competition or distribution of resources: [as adjective]: the race was an even-steven affair [as adverb]: I split the money with my wife even-steven
More example sentences
  • While the average result puts Labour even-stevens with National, it does not substantially alter the likely outcomes.
  • When eyes and teeth are once again exchanged, we'll be even-stevens.
  • As to the game itself watched by over 29,000 spectators the first half was even-steven, Galway just holding the edge at half-time, 0-12 to 0-11, and Ollie Canning magnificent at corner-back.

Origin

Mid 19th century: rhyming phrase, used as an intensive.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: e·ven-ste·ven

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