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Difference between Break even and Get an even break

break evenemerge from a transaction, etc. with balancing gains and losses; make neither profit nor loss:

  • Today a novel needs to sell 5,000 copies for a publisher to break even.

get an even break—(coll.) get an equal or fair chance; get the same opportunity as other people:

  • Some guys never get an even break. Some guys toil and sweat from sun up to sun down.