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adverb & adjectiveinformal
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’level, drawn, tied, all square, balanced, on a par, on an equal footingequal, the same, much the same, identical, like, alike, similar, to the same degree, comparable, commensurate, corresponding, parallel, on a par, on an equal footing, evenly matchedView synonyms
Mid 19th century: rhyming phrase, used as an intensive.
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