to call it even

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - call it even

"to call it even"

to consider and decide an exchange fair, equitable and settled


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - call it even

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 2:  The boss wants to know who landed the account.

Colleague 1:  Well, let's see. I spent five hours on the presentation and picked the client up from the airport.

Colleague 2:  And I spent about five hours on the report and took the client out for dinner.

Colleague 1:  I guess we'll call it even, then. The boss will just have to give us co-credit for the account.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - call it quits

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  That was an awesome trip but it is sure nice to be home again.

Friend 2:  Let's settle up the accounts. We split the cost of the hotel and meals but you paid for all the gas for your car. That doesn't seem fair.

Friend 1:  We'll take your car next trip and you can pay for the gas.

Friend 2:  Excellent. Then we can call it even.

Friend 1:  All even, fair and square.


to call it even - Usage:


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to call it even - Gerund Form:

Calling it even implies that all debts are settled.

to call it even - Examples:

1)  ... make his bed and his breakfast - but he'll take her on holiday and call it even.

2)  Instead of paying or receiving monies, the city should call it even and leave the fence with a proper encroachment permit.

3)  Bania gives Jerry Seinfeld a brand new Armani suit and tells Jerry that they can call it even if Jerry takes Kenny out for a "meal" sometime. 

4)  Buy somebody a coffee some time 10 years down the road and we'll call it even.

5)  I have to do all the cooking, but he washes the dishes so I call it even.

6)  I'll give you a break and call it even

7)  ... have been a copyright infringement price paid. Send Steve Stamkos north and we'll call it even.

8)  ... this time after the recessions in the 1980s and 1990s, is close enough to call it even. But how we got here involved much less pain. 

9)  Perhaps the easiest way to call it even would have been to sell everything and split the proceeds.

10)  ... he bought my plane tickets for a trip we were taking and we called it even.

11)  He'll remind her she lied about the paternity of their children, that she did things wrong, and that they should call it even after all they've done to ...

12)  It will take 20 more wins and four overtime points before the Edmonton Oilers can call it even with the Arizona Coyotes.

13)  If you give me 50 cents we'll call it even.

14)  It's time to call it even and make this nonsense go away for the good of all mankind. 

15)  But he's getting rid of 80 of them, so can't we just call it even?

16)  ... professional and amateur, is to find and draw out something bad that the other party or candidate has done, said or proposed and call it even.

17)  He waves away the money and says, “Buy me a drink and we'll call it even.”

18)  Ultimately, the game had a proper grip on her and never let her go. Call it even, then. Golf gave her her life and she gave her life to golf.

19)  ... for all the things on the list – although we'd have to be in the lift for an hour – and vow to change your point of view and we'll call it even.

20)  A school district can't just subtract, say, $12,000 for each student switching to a charter school and call it even.