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    One even

    I have found this expression in the dialogues of an American movie made in the fifities:

    Bartender: What would you like to drink?
    Customer: A Rye on the rocks, please.
    Bartender: Sure.
    Customer: How much is it?
    Bartender: One even.

    I guess that "one even" means "exactly one dollar", but I am not sure. Is it still used nowadays or is it better to say "just one dollar" in this context?

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    Re: One even

    Your guess is right. The expression is still used, but I think one dollar is more common - though you're not likely to find a a shot of whiskey for a dollar very often anymore!

    Dialogue is singular in this usage.
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    Re: One even

    It isn't used in the UK for one pound- at least, I have never heard it there.

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    Re: One even

    I've only heard it in AE, and especially when the prices of a number of items are being added up.

    'Your total is an even 13 dollars.'

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