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Idiom of the week – Break even

Posted by englishlessons on May 4, 2012

Definition:

reach a point in a business venture when the profits are equal to the costs

Examples:

I hope we will at least break even on this investment. I can’t afford to lose any more money.

In the their first year of business, they broke even, but in the second year, they made a good profit.

Grammar/syntax:

This idiom can also be used as an adjective. “He reached the break-even point.”

Picture it:

Think of breaking something into equal parts, so that in this case, the costs = the profit.

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