to do or die

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - do or die

"to do or die"

to make a desperate effort to succeed in order to avoid the dire consequences of failure


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - do or die

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Well, it's do or die. Either we negotiate this contract now or it is never going to happen.

Colleague 2:  Can't we talk about it later?

Colleague 1:  No. We need to move forward so either we sign now or this negotiation is finished and the company will move on to a different supplier.

Colleague 2:  OK. OK. We are not really comfortable with some of the terms but we want the business.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - do or die

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  It is game four of the play-offs and the home team is losing three games to zero.

Friend 2:  I guess it's a do-or-die situation for the home team. If they lose, the play-offs will be over and the other team will be champions.

Friend 1:  I am sure we will see some really good action in the game, then.

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to do or die - Gerund Form:

Doing or dying in order to achieve your goals is a method used by all very successful people.

to do or die - Examples:

1)  ... is that they have fewer opportunities elsewhere so it is kind of a do or die scenario.

2)  I had no other choice. It was do or die and I was going to survive come hell or high water.

3)  This election will be a do or die referendum on the moral direction of this country. 

4)  When you need healthcare, you have a choice - its called do or die. Nothing else in our economy is like this. 

5)  But in my case, it was do or die from a classroom management standpoint.

6)  ... what they accuse libs, using a crisis to ram down a "do or die" agenda.

7)  ... should be one of these 'do or die' tools. Something you use when you have few more choices.

8)  ... out of our apartment. The coming months were to be "do or die, literally. That's pretty intense.

9)  Sober up. Get serious. This is do or die here in this election. We're facing economic crisis and the threat of world ...

10)  When the chips are down, when it's do or die, can Alex Hopper save the world

11)  The wide field, the deep end zone, the end-game clock management, and the do-or-die two-down setup mean big plays are bound to happen.

12)  What we did during the regular season doesn't matter. It's do-or-die and we have to perform at the highest level to find a way to get ...

13)  It is not a do-or-die situation, and it is not going to change your life forever. 

14)  But not only is putting yourself in a do-or-die situation extremely stressful but you'll also take on unnecessary financial risk.

15)  To be honest I was very nervous. I went in to it with a do-or-die mentality. I put everything into it.

16)  ... heart was pounding for fear of being caught but more so the fear of the do-or-die dare he faced after he had stupidly allowed Barker to provoke him.

17)  ... man is a beacon for the human race and a marvelous example of the human do-or-die spirit. He's done more to inspire cancer sufferers than anyone on this planet.

18)  Cheating or being tempted to can be a 'do-or-die' signal for a relationship.

19)  Building infrastructure, and building up the economy to do so, is now a do-or-die question.

20)  This is do-or-die. In my experience, having consistent business info in your citations is the trickiest ...