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adj. Informal
1. Having nothing due or owed on either side: an even-steven transaction.
2. Having a tied score, as in a game.

[even + the name Steven, used as rhyming slang.]
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1. having no balance of debt; neither owing or being owed: Just buy me a drink and we're even-steven..
2. (General Sporting Terms) sport with an equal score
3. (General Sporting Terms) evenly matched
(General Sporting Terms) sport informal with an equal score
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or e′ven-Ste′ven

(-ˈsti vən)

1. even (def. 10).
2. tied.
[1865–70; rhyming compound]
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It was even-Steven at Rhos Aelwyd who shared a 3-3 draw with Ruthin Town but efforts from Lloyd Marsden, Luke Cahill and Liam Davies were wiped out by Kian Harris (2) and Dion Thomas.
I find fighting back to 'even-steven' almost more satisfying than winning with my first wager and finishing in front.
"The first was very much even-steven, we both went at it, it was a great game of football.
They won the two road games and lost the two at the DCU Center, which sort of made the even-steven week a disappointing one.
We had numerous chances to score early on, and we controlled the game, but after that first 20 minutes it was fairly 'even-Steven'.
Ritchie said: "The first half was probably even-steven but in the second half we were under the cosh a bit.
The second half was even-steven but we scored the goals that mattered.
For much of the match it was 'even-Steven', but we missed two great chances.
"At times we had some decent play but it was a very even-steven game.
Coach McAuley said: "In the first half was 'even-Steven' and Sheffield Wednesday kept the ball quite well.
"Notts County were never going to come here and lie down, they are a big, strong physical team and I thought it was even-steven in the first-half, but we stepped up the gas after half-time and could have scored more goals than we did."
Galway manager Don O'Riordain and Drogheda supremo Martin Lawlor both described Sunday's 0-0 draw as "fairly even-steven", although they concede Galway had the better chances at United Park.