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.

Words Nearby take it or leave it

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How to use take it or leave it in a sentence

  • He wuz very peart and sassy, and it was take-it-or-leave-it-and-be-plaguey- quick-about-it all the time.

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

    The Clarion | Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • "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
  • 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
  • They had sold their catches on a take-it-or-leave-it basis for years.

    Poor Man's Rock | Bertrand W. Sinclair