Definition of — or bust in English:

— or bust


  • Used to indicate that a supreme effort will be made to achieve the stated goal, with utter failure as the only alternative.

    ‘it's gold medal or bust for both of our basketball teams’
    ‘tomorrow's game is quite simply win or bust for both teams’
    • ‘It looked like a case of promotion or bust.’
    • ‘He admitted to thinking it was all or bust after losing the 192 points from the Queensland round.’
    • ‘This game had been billed as win or bust.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, the industry has adopted the unsustainable "blockbuster or bust" business model.’
    • ‘After a year of programming, he decided it was Wall Street or bust.’