[ ee-th er-awr, ahy-th er- ]
/ ˈi ðərˈɔr, ˈaɪ ðər- /


allowing no equivocation; being limited in choice to two options: It's an either-or situation—you pay the bill or you lose the company's services.

Origin of either-or

First recorded in 1925–30
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Example sentences from the Web for either-or

  • The dream never utters the alternative "either-or," but accepts both as having equal rights in the same connection.

    Dream Psychology|Sigmund Freud
  • An "either-or" more terrible no doubt than the one he had formulated before her just a year ago.

    The Elusive Pimpernel|Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  • When "either-or" is used in the reproduction of dreams, it is, as I have already mentioned, to be replaced by "and."

    Dream Psychology|Sigmund Freud

British Dictionary definitions for either-or



presenting an unavoidable need to choose between two alternativesan either-or situation
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