One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Persist, even if death is the result.
- ‘They are Indian companies with not so much of a global market or mindshare, but with a determination to do or die.’
- ‘When he set off to make the 7000-mile trip alone, Mr Halsey swore he would ‘do or die’.’
- ‘This was how to live, on the edge, ready to do or die, with no safety rope to haul you back in.’
- ‘He seemed determined to do or die on the last day of combat.’
- ‘Some of these players are not prepared to do or die for York and I need to draft players in who are.’
- 1.1 Used to describe a critical situation where one's actions may result in victory or defeat.‘the 72nd hole was do or die’
- ‘His incredible death or glory hundred, in a do or die qualification battle for India at the Sinhalese Sports Club Stadium left the Kiwis rubbing their eyes in sheer disbelief.’
- ‘‘Everything for us is do or die,’ she explained.’
- ‘‘At this point it's basically a do or die situation as we are right on the edge of making play-offs,’ explained Paul.’
- ‘This election was do or die for them.’
- ‘You know this is do or die - if you lose, you're done.’
- ‘Yes, it was important, but not a do or die situation, as is portrayed by the president's political rivals.’
- ‘For the England fans before the match the game against the Germans was do or die.’
- ‘Every game is a must-win situation, creating a do or die atmosphere with each contest.’
- ‘It was literally do or die for the print media and something had to give.’
- ‘‘It's pretty much do or die, and your competitiveness comes out,’ he said.’
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