adjective Date: 1919 allowing no middle ground between success and failure

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  • make-or-break — UK US adjective (also make or break) ► used to describe a decision, event, or period of time that is very important because it can make something succeed or fail completely: »Christmas is often a make or break time for smaller retailers. »A… …   Financial and business terms

  • make or break — or make or mar To be the crucial test that brings success or failure to (makeˈ or breakˈ adjective) • • • Main Entry: ↑make * * * make or break phrase to help someone or something to be very successful or to cause them to fail completely They… …   Useful english dictionary

  • make-or-break — adj something that is make or break will lead to either success or failure ▪ This could be a make or break speech for the prime minister …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • make or break — ► to cause someone or something either to be very successful, or to cause them to fail: »The first year of trading can make or break a new business. Main Entry: ↑make …   Financial and business terms

  • make-or-break — (something) to make something a success or a failure. It s make or break time for Britain s tennis players. (always before noun) …   New idioms dictionary

  • make or break — (something) to cause something to succeed or fail. His opinion could make or break a Broadway play …   New idioms dictionary

  • make or break — A make or break decision, stage, etc, is a crucial one that will determine the success or failure of the whole venture …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • make or break — ► make or break be the factor which decides whether (something) will succeed or fail. Main Entry: ↑make …   English terms dictionary

  • make-or-break — make′ or break′ adj. either successful or ruinous • Etymology: 1915–20 …   From formal English to slang

  • make-or-break — | ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ adjective : allowing of no mean between full success and complete disaster make or break attempt * * * /mayk euhr brayk /, adj. either completely successful or utterly disastrous: a make or break marketing policy. [1915 20] * * *… …   Useful english dictionary

  • make or break —    Circumstances or events that will make or break someone or something will cause either total success or total ruin.     The assignment will make or break his career …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

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