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[ee-th er-awr, ahy-th er-] /ˈi ðərˈɔr, ˈaɪ ðər-/
allowing no equivocation; being limited in choice to two options:
It's an either-or situation—you pay the bill or you lose the company's services.
Origin of either-or
1925-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • When "either-or" is used in the reproduction of dreams, it is, as I have already mentioned, to be replaced by "and."

    Dream Psychology Sigmund Freud
  • The dream never utters the alternative "either-or," but accepts both as having equal rights in the same connection.

    Dream Psychology Sigmund Freud
  • An "either-or" more terrible no doubt than the one he had formulated before her just a year ago.

    The Elusive Pimpernel Baroness Emmuska Orczy
British Dictionary definitions for either-or


presenting an unavoidable need to choose between two alternatives: an either-or situation
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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