Definition of fifty-fifty in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌfiftēˈfiftē/


1The same in share or proportion; equal: fifty-fifty partners
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  • They are unlikely to see fifty-fifty shares in boardrooms or childcare as the measure of fairness in the division of labour.
  • ‘Travelling with a partner is a fifty-fifty kind of deal,’ he explained patiently.
  • Put another way, it is fair to view a couple with dependent children as forming a fifty-fifty partnership, which has the essential goal of giving their children the best possible start in life.
1.1Used to refer to one of two possibilities that are equally likely to happen: he has a fifty-fifty chance of surviving the operation
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  • I am optimistic - I think we have a fifty-fifty chance to be here, to survive.
  • According to the doctors, I initially had a fifty-fifty chance of surviving which is pretty serious, but even they were amazed at how quickly I began to recover.
  • If I had, I'd say there would have been a fifty-fifty chance of me turning up.


Equally; half and half: they divided the spoils fifty-fifty
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  • Unusuallly, the party was split fifty-fifty on the issue.
  • If I work with a friend, we usually split the extra income fifty-fifty.
  • They can ask the audience, go fifty-fifty or send smoke signals to their tribal chief for the answers.

Words that rhyme with fifty-fifty

fifty, nifty, shifty, swiftie, thrifty

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Syllabification: fif·ty-fif·ty

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