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or else

Definition of or else

  1. 1 —used to say what will happen if something is not done <You have to leave or else you will be arrested for trespassing.>

  2. 2 —used to say what another possibility is <He either thinks he can't do it or else he just isn't interested.>

  3. 3 informal —used in angry speech to express a threat without saying exactly what the threat is <Do what I say or else!>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  in a different manner or place or at a different time

    :  in an additional manner or place or at an additional time

    :  if not :  otherwise

  1. :  other:

    :  being different in identity

    :  being in addition

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to depart quickly

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