even the score

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of even the score

1 :to get enough points, goals, runs, etc., to have the same score as one's opponent :to tie the score in a game
  • They evened the score at 5–5.
2 :to harm or punish someone who caused one harm

Word by Word Definitions

even play
  1. : evening

  1. : having a horizontal surface : flat

  2. : being without break, indentation, or irregularity : smooth

  3. : being in the same plane or line

  1. : exactly, precisely

  2. : to a degree that extends : fully, quite

  3. : at the very time

  1. : to make even

  2. : to become even

score play
  1. : twenty

  2. : a group of 20 things

  3. : an indefinitely large number

  1. : to keep a record or account of by or as if by notches on a tally : record

  2. : to enter in a record

  3. : to mark with significant lines or notches (as in keeping account)


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