do or die
do or die
- a situation in which you must take a big risk in order to avoid failure
- requiring supreme effort to avoid the dire consequences of failure
- to try to achieve a goal or fail making the effort
- involving a determined and sometimes reckless effort to succeed
- reflecting or characterized by an irrevocable decision to succeed at all costs
- a situation that is extremely important, and failure would result in a big problem
- A do-or-die attempt to halt the invaders.
- Exams are near it's do or die people.
- On Wednesday, it's do or die in the Cricket match against Australia.
- When Quentin had to give a presentation to some new clients, his boss warned him that it would be a do or die situation.
- Well, I guess it is do-or-die so decide if you really want to join our team.
- He was in a do-or-die situation to the bitter end.
- A do-or-die situation
- I am working hard to defeat my competitor and to win I have to do or die.
- When I was lost in desert, it was a do or die situation for me to survive.
Scotland, present since 1875-80.
The term "do or die" comes from Robert Burns' poem "Robert Bruce's March to Bannockburn" which was a poem about the first War of Scottish Independence. The last stanza of the poem reads:
"Lay the profound Usurpers low!
Tyrants fall in every foe!
Liberty's in every blow!
Let us Do-or-Die!"