even the score


: 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.
: to harm or punish someone who caused one harm

Examples of even the score in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Pittsburg came into Thursday’s game motivated to even the score against its league rival as the Pirates dropped the first of the two-game series 6-2 at Heritage on Tuesday. Nathan Canilao, The Mercury News, 19 Apr. 2024 Cole isn’t a battle rapper — as proven by his swift exit from the ongoing rap civil war — but because of his high-level MC status, grit, and charisma, there was hope that Cole would at least try to even the score against Kendrick. Angel Diaz, Billboard, 16 Apr. 2024 Reno responded with two in the fourth to even the score. Darren Sabedra, The Mercury News, 4 Apr. 2024 Johansen also collected his first goal in 2024 to even the score. Corey Masisak, The Denver Post, 20 Feb. 2024 Philadelphia did even the score at 4:23 when Frost converted his ninth of the season on a penalty shot after being hauled down by Michael Kesselring. Aaron Bracy, USA TODAY, 13 Feb. 2024 Trailing by two in regulation, KJ Adams dunked the ball to even the score. Shreyas Laddha, Kansas City Star, 6 Feb. 2024 The Sabres, though, took advantage of some Sharks miscues to even the score and later take the lead for good. Curtis Pashelka, The Mercury News, 27 Jan. 2024 But the rest of the game belonged to Colombia with Andrés Reyes and Roger Martínez scoring 14 minutes apart midway through the second half to even the score, setting up Andrés Gómez to win it for the South Americans two minutes into stoppage time. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 17 Dec. 2023

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“Even the score.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/even%20the%20score. Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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