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/ˈfist ərˈfæm ɪn/
characterized by alternating, extremely high and low degrees of prosperity, success, volume of business, etc.:
artists who lead a feast-or-famine life.
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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water supply caused ranchers to make significant economic decisions with high degrees of uncertainty.
Hilly terrain and
rainfall patterns made for a dangerous combination.
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