do-or-die

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do-or-die (not comparable)

  1. (idiomatic) Requiring a determined or desperate effort to avoid the consequences of failure.
    "Clinton v. Dole: Let the Debates Begin" Time (14 October 1996).
    Clinton and Dole brought different needs to the debate. For Dole it was do or die. He had to hit Clinton hard but without seeming harsh, a conundrum for him all year.

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