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make-or-break

[meyk-er-breyk] /ˈmeɪk ərˈbreɪk/
adjective
1.
either completely successful or utterly disastrous:
a make-or-break marketing policy.
Origin
1915-1920
1915-20
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  • As even that ghastly supply dwindles, three survivors embark on a make-or-break journey to find help.
  • But for someone with an unusual background the essay can be the make-or-break piece of evidence.
  • Efficiency is the make-or-break of any energy technology.
  • It is a commonplace of political journalism to say that a conference speech is make-or-break for a party leader.

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