Most Popular Idioms List

Index of Common Phrases = Today's English Idioms and Phrases

Today's Idiom = "Breaking Even"
 Send Me The GoEnglish Weekly Preview of English Idioms 

Breaking Even ( getting back the same amount of money that you spend ... )

"Breaking Even"

You are "breaking even" when the amount of money you are getting back is equal to the amount you spent.

Example: "Sell that stock now, while you are still breaking even."

You did not lose and you did not win when you "broke even", because "breaking even" is walking away with the same amount.

Example: "Did you make a lot of money when you sold your house?" Reply: "No, but we broke even."

You "break even" when the value of what you give is equal to the value of what you get.

Example: "Did you lose a lot of money in Las Vegas?" Reply: "No, I broke even."

Example: "I gambled 100 dollars and I won back 100 dollars, so I broke even".

Break The Tie

Breaking New Ground

Pocket English Idioms by

  Send Me The GoEnglish Weekly Preview of English Idioms  
 Your e-mail address:
 Any question or comment: teaches the meaning of English idioms and phrases. For native and non-native English speakers of all ages. To start (or stop) receiving the Weekly Preview of English Idioms at any time please enter your name in the form above or send an email to Subscribe<at> (or Unsubscribe<at> We always respect your privacy by never sharing an email address. All content is copyrighted by, illustrations by Rita Tseng, written by Adam Sullivan. Adam is an experienced English teacher with a degree in English from Cornell University.  Your questions are welcome. Thanks, Adam<at>

Link to this page:
<a href="">
"Breaking Even" at</a>