Definition of split the difference in English:

split the difference

phrase

  • Take the average of two proposed amounts.

    • ‘If we split the difference and say that the average price of statins is $90 a month, that's $1,080 a year for drugs and $210 a year for labs.’
    • ‘Even if we split the difference and figure that we'll need 240MW of new generation every year, it doesn't change the fact that we've built less than 500MW-worth in the past five years.’
    • ‘In a compromise, the leaders will split the difference, resulting in an agreement to distribute 18 to 21% of World Bank aid in the form of grants.’
    • ‘If I say two plus two equals four, and you say two plus two equals 1 billion, is it really such a great advance to split the difference and agree that it's somewhere near 500 million?’
    • ‘He agreed to split the difference between the two ad rates, settling for a price of about $10 per thousand viewers.’
    • ‘Well, I tell you what, why don't we split the difference?’
    • ‘Can't we just split the difference and all be comfortable?’
    • ‘Well, if the House wants $550 billion in tax cuts, the Senate approved $350 billion, what, do you just split the difference and come up with $450 billion?’
    • ‘Since one rep is motivated to overstate the claim, and the other is motivated to understate it, we recommend splitting the difference and going to press with 7,500.’
    • ‘In this case, you cannot simply split the difference, by taking the mean average; you must decide which turnout model is going to be correct, the one or the other.’
    meet each other halfway, find the middle ground, come to terms, come to an understanding, make a deal, make concessions, find a happy medium, strike a balance
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