American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Resulting in great success or utter failure: a make-or-break investment plan.
- adj. resulting in either success or failure.
“Which is why he's not obsessing over the fact that "Thor" has been described as make-or-break for his directing career.”
“High-level climate talks, due to start in Durban on November 28 under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, are being called a make-or-break meeting for legally binding carbon emission reduction targets. ...”
“Shaida Mohammad Abdali, Mr. Karzai's deputy national security adviser, recently called civilian casualties a "make-or-break" issue.”
“•Coaching staff: Campbell and the offense must make a leap forward under Zorn, who might be facing a make-or-break year under an owner with a famously itchy trigger finger.”
“KABUL, Afghanistan — It's make-or-break time in Afghanistan.”
“The rally was also tacit recognition that the split between white voters across class, income, and age, lines is real and potentially a make-or-break point for the Democrats.”
“At the same time, the new age of the single might even help musicians take more artistic chances: The investment in time and money is so much less for a single that artists may be able to take risks with individual tracks that they were not able to do with the big make-or-break discs.”
“The Pre is being viewed as a potential make-or-break rollout for Sprint.”
“Yesterday at the White House, President Obama called the next few months a “make-or-break period” for health-care legislation in Congress.”
“If this is a make-or-break issue for you, you have a few options.”
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