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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Requiring supreme effort to avoid the dire consequences of failure: a do-or-die situation.

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  • adj. Requiring a determined or desperate effort to avoid the consequences of failure.

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  • adj. desperately determined

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Examples

  • Then, once they snuck in as the 10th seed and even won their wild card matchup against the Philadelphia Union, Thierry Henry took a shine to the phrase "do-or-die."

    Yet Again, the Red Bulls Are in a Desperate Spot

  • Migration for some birds, maybe all, does not seem to be a do-or-die, single-destination journey, but a more leisurely series of shorter flights with stops at known places with good comestibles.

    Bird Cloud

  • It was one of those casual “come-along-for-the-ride” invitations, but we all knew that it was the do-or-die experiment.

    Fallin’ Up

  • Now the Eli second-guessing is on hiatus; in its place, there's new re-appreciation of his football IQ, which he showed Sunday in Arizona after a possible fumble by receiver Victor Cruz during a late do-or-die drive.

    Back in Fashion This Fall: Eli Manning

  • Verlander suffocated the Yankees over eight innings, beating New York 5-4 in the pivotal Game 3 of this American League Division Series and putting the Yankees into a do-or-die Game 4 Tuesday night in Detroit.

    Stifled and Stunned

  • Verlander suffocated the Yankees over eight innings, beating New York 5-4 in the pivotal Game 3 of this American League Division Series, and putting the Yankees into a do-or-die Game 4 Tuesday night in Detroit.

    Verlander Leads Tigers to 5-4 Win Over Yankees in Game 3

  • The Burnett factor aside, some of these Yankees have been in do-or-die situations like this before, and Derek Jeter said that's how they have to look at this—as a single game, one they have to win.

    Stifled and Stunned

  • The Romney win likely makes that contest a do-or-die battleground for nearly all the other contenders, most of whom now appear ready to expend most of their campaign funds on TV ads, many of them aimed at attacking Mr. Romney.

    Romney Wins New Hampshire Primary

  • Saturday, the final day of qualifying in most of the 11 groups, proved to be as dramatic as you would expect, with familiar do-or-die scenario.

    A Continent Up For Grabs

  • Every verse is treated with a do-or-die intensity, surely one of the reasons Eminem became interested in the first place.

    Nightlife Agenda: Mardi Gras parties, Kurt Vile and Prince Paul

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