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[awl-er-nuhth-ing] /ˈɔl ərˈnʌθ ɪŋ/
not allowing for qualification or compromise; either fully or not at all operative:
an all-or-nothing approach.
Origin of all-or-nothing
1755-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • These can provide access to new products, technologies and markets, but without an all-or-nothing gamble.
  • all-or-nothing proposals are especially salient and likely to provoke a fight.
  • Tells something about the exhilaration of the all-or-nothing way of life of professional gamblers.
  • The traditional, binary, all-or-nothing approach to military missions is based on bitter experience.
  • But an all-or-nothing approach is not the best way to proceed right now.
  • There is no mainstream use for hydrogen in small doses, it seems to be an all-or-nothing kind of system.
  • Among living whales, baleen is an all-or-nothing affair.
  • Unfortunately this is not a subject that lends itself to drawing lines, because our sympathy is not an all-or-nothing phenomenon.
  • So basically your all-or-nothing model of the risk of offending people is wrong.
  • There's a quality of the writing that makes an all-or-nothing wager.

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