an even break

American English

Meaning: If you get an even break, you get a fair opportunity to succeed in your ambition or to achieve your goals.

For example:

  • All Monica needs is an even break and she could be one of the country's top models.

  • He says he's never had an even break in life and that's why he's never achieved much.

Variety: This idiom is typically used in American English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz:

Rob says all he needs is an even break and he could

a. repair it

b. make a mistake

c. be a success

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Contributor: Matt Errey