do-or-die

[ doo-er-dahy ]
/ ˈdu ərˈdaɪ /

adjective

reflecting or characterized by an irrevocable decision to succeed at all costs; desperate; all-out: a do-or-die attempt to halt the invaders.
involving a potentially fatal crisis or crucial emergency.

Nearby words

  1. do-goodism,
  2. do-it-yourself,
  3. do-little,
  4. do-nothing,
  5. do-nothingism,
  6. do-rag,
  7. do-re-mi,
  8. do-si-do,
  9. do.,
  10. doa

Origin of do-or-die

First recorded in 1875–80

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British Dictionary definitions for do-or-die

do-or-die

adjective

(prenominal) of or involving a determined and sometimes reckless effort to succeed
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