break even

break even  {v. phr.},  {informal} (stress on "even")
To end a series of gains and losses having the same amount you started with; have expenses equal to profits; have equal gain and loss.
The storekeeper made many sales, but his expenses were so high that he just broke even.
If you gamble you are lucky when you break even.
Categories: {informal} {v. phr.}