an even break

This page is about the idiom an even break

American English


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.


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