split the difference

split the difference
1. to accept only part of what was originally wanted.

When they don't agree, she's always trying to get them to split the difference so everyone will be happy.

2. to each pay half of an amount.

I told the owners that we could split the difference between their price and my offer.


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  • split the difference — {v. phr.}, {informal} To settle a money disagreement by dividing the difference, each person giving up half. * /Bob offered $25 for Bill s bicycle and Bill wanted $35; they split the difference./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • split the difference — {v. phr.}, {informal} To settle a money disagreement by dividing the difference, each person giving up half. * /Bob offered $25 for Bill s bicycle and Bill wanted $35; they split the difference./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • split the difference — ► split the difference take the average of two proposed amounts. Main Entry: ↑split …   English terms dictionary

  • split the difference — phrasal : to reach agreement by compromise involving equal concessions especially in a disagreement as to a price or to the conclusion of a contract * * * split the difference To divide equally the sum of matter in dispute, to take the mean • • • …   Useful english dictionary

  • split the difference — divide the difference between the prices    Your price is $100. I m offering $80. Let s split the difference: $90 …   English idioms

  • split the difference — settle a money disagreement by dividing the difference We had to pay extra money for the car so we decided to split the difference …   Idioms and examples

  • split\ the\ difference — v. phr. informal To settle a money disagreement by dividing the difference, each person giving up half. Bob offered $25 for Bill s bicycle and Bill wanted $35; they split the difference …   Словарь американских идиом

  • split the difference — divide whatever remains, distribute the difference …   English contemporary dictionary

  • split the difference — take the average of two proposed amounts. → split …   English new terms dictionary

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