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[meyk-er-breyk] /ˈmeɪk ərˈbreɪk/
either completely successful or utterly disastrous:
a make-or-break marketing policy.
Origin of make-or-break
First recorded in 1915-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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make or break

Cause either total success or total ruin, as in This assignment will make or break her as a reporter. This rhyming expression, first recorded in Charles Dickens's Barnaby Rudge (1840), has largely replaced the much older (16th-century) alliterative synonym make or mar, at least in America.
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