Definition of do or die in English:

do or die

1Persist, even if death is the result: a grim determination to do or die
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  • They are Indian companies with not so much of a global market or mindshare, but with a determination to do or die.
  • He seemed determined to do or die on the last day of combat.
  • This was how to live, on the edge, ready to do or die, with no safety rope to haul you back in.
1.1Used to describe a critical situation where one’s actions may result in victory or defeat: the 72nd hole was do or die
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  • ‘At this point it's basically a do or die situation as we are right on the edge of making play-offs,’ explained Paul.
  • Yes, it was important, but not a do or die situation, as is portrayed by the president's political rivals.
  • Every game is a must-win situation, creating a do or die atmosphere with each contest.
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