- not allowing for qualification or compromise; either fully or not at all operative: an all-or-nothing approach.
Origin of all-or-nothing
First recorded in 1755–65
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Examples from the Web for all-or-nothing
American politics has also too frequently become an all-or-nothing proposition, making the USA the United States of Agita.Neither "Best Friend" Nor "Anti-Israel"
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We knew this would be a big swing, an all-or-nothing proposition.Could Judd Apatow and Kristen Wiig’s ‘Bridesmaids’ Nab an Oscar?
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The all-or-nothing crowd is focused on an anti-tax litmus test, default be damned.Where the GOP Went Wrong on Deficits and Debt
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But in the all-or-nothing world of hyper-partisans even trying to transcend political labels is a traitorous act.My War With Rush Limbaugh
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Balance seems too subtle a concept for all-or-nothing absolutists.The GOP's War on Teddy Roosevelt
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He liked and trusted Jaimie, but the man had no experience in this field—and this sounded like an all-or-nothing shot.The Merchants of Venus
A. H. Phelps
We have rejected any all-or-nothing posture which would leave no choice but inglorious retreat or unlimited retaliation.