Meaning of “break even” in the English Dictionary

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"break even" in British English

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break even

C1 to have no profit or loss at the end of a business activity:

After paying for our travel costs, we barely (= only just) broke even.

(Definition of “break even” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"break even" in American English

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break even

to earn enough money to pay for expenses, without any profit:

We’d have to sell 2000 copies of the book to break even.

(Definition of “break even” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)