Definition of all-or-nothing in English:



  • Having no middle position or compromise available.

    ‘an all-or-nothing decision’
    • ‘It seems the film wants to present it as the ultimate betrayal of human responsibility and as belonging to the same all-or-nothing solipsistic madness that fed Nazism.’
    • ‘It was an all-or-nothing display by Jim Duffy's battlers and they could have had it all if McManus's shot in stoppage time had screeched a few inches inside the post rather than crashing back off it.’
    • ‘Those were his words, an all-or-nothing policy.’
    • ‘But such policies are sometimes criticized because they appear to be an all-or-nothing approach.’
    • ‘Williams was forced to use high-risk all-or-nothing tactics which backfired as Seles squared the match then secured victory.’
    • ‘And it's an all-or-nothing deal; I can't just take off the glitter.’
    • ‘Murphy was trying to project confidence, knowing well that regardless of what he said, Iowa is an all-or-nothing proposition for Gephardt.’
    • ‘This case presents an all-or-nothing proposition.’
    • ‘Remember, following a healthful diet doesn't require an all-or-nothing approach; every positive change helps.’
    • ‘I guess what I'm saying in these three points is that no one should feel he must cut himself off from the Church out of some all-or-nothing approach to Faith.’
    • ‘University admissions are an all-or-nothing proposition: You're either admitted or you're not.’
    • ‘But again, this is I think pretty much an all-or-nothing proposition.’
    • ‘This is presented as an all-or-nothing argument.’
    • ‘My read of these cases is that the Administration's all-or-nothing strategy is untenable, but that a lesser position may still be defensible.’
    • ‘Given the all-or-nothing quality of this position, it's easy to imagine its chilly reception in the publishing world.’
    • ‘The first abiding myth is that the miners' leadership faced a choice between a negotiated compromise and the all-or-nothing resistance they mounted.’
    • ‘Perhaps Students' Council will smartly suggest that each project be voted on separately and save students from making an all-or-nothing decision.’
    • ‘The bottom line is that the church has to appeal to potential new members in a non-dogmatic way, allowing people to become as involved as they wish, rather than an all-or-nothing approach.’
    • ‘There's no such thing as casual listening when dealing with music this intense - it's an all-or-nothing proposition.’
    • ‘They could have asked that jurors consider a lesser charge, such as manslaughter, in addition to murder, but opted for an all-or-nothing strategy.’