1. (idiomatic) Requiring a determined or desperate effort to avoid the consequences of failure.
    • 1996 Oct. 14, "Clinton v. Dole: Let the Debates Begin ↗," Time:
      Clinton and Dole brought different needs to the debate. For Dole it was do or die. He had to hit Clinton hard but without seeming harsh, a conundrum for him all year.
  • Portuguese: matar ou morrer
  • Spanish: a matar o morir

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