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

First recorded in 1875–80
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Related Words for do-or-die

frantic, last-gasp, do-or-die, desperate, final

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