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take it or leave it

Accept or reject unconditionally, as in I'm asking $1,000 for this computer—take it or leave it. This term, used to indicate one's final offer, was first recorded in 1576.

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  • "Make it ten down and it's a go," he said at last with a take-it-or-leave-it air.

    The City of Fire

    Grace Livingston Hill

  • "Not many in tonight," Ashe commented in a take-it-or-leave-it tone.

    The Time Traders

    Andre Norton

  • They had sold their catches on a take-it-or-leave-it basis for years.

    Poor Man's Rock

    Bertrand W. Sinclair

  • Sometimes I would send them forth accompanied by a curt business note of the take-it-or-leave-it order.

    Paul Kelver

    Jerome Klapka, AKA Jerome K. Jerome

  • "On the take-it-or-leave-it principle, I suppose," answered Dr. Surtaine, with entire good humor.

    The Clarion

    Samuel Hopkins Adams