even the score

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To get revenge against someone.

Etymology:

  • An analogy to scorekeeping in sports.
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When the student pulled a prank on the principal, the principal evened the score by giving the student a suspension.

Submitted on July 10, 2018

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    Alex
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    Daniel
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    Karen
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    Veena
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