: doggedly determined to reach one's objective : indomitable
: presenting as the only alternatives complete success or complete ruin
a do-or-die situation

Examples of do-or-die in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The do-or-die rivalry between President Yoon Suk Yeol and the opposition leader Lee Jae-myung, whose party holds the majority in the National Assembly, has made the elections as fraught with fear and resentment as any in South Korea​n history. Choe Sang-Hun, New York Times, 7 Apr. 2024 Back then, Golden State had reasonable hopes of escaping the do-or-die play-in round. Danny Emerman, The Mercury News, 19 Mar. 2024 Related article Players Championship: Ben Silverman spent all morning practicing one do-or-die shot. Jack Bantock, CNN, 17 Mar. 2024 His wife saw the funny side Before the sun had even risen, the 36-year-old was out on the course’s driving range with his wedge, sending shot after shot towards a flag in a dress rehearsal of the do-or-die attempt to come. Jack Bantock, CNN, 16 Mar. 2024 All this is part of a do-or-die task for the quintessential American department store under a brand-new CEO. Alina Selyukh, NPR, 27 Feb. 2024 Barca is attempting to make up ground on Madrid in the title race and also has a do-or-die meeting with Napoli in the Champions League last 16 on the horizon. Tom Sanderson, Forbes, 25 Feb. 2024 Basketball Reference’s playoff probabilities report gives the Warriors an 86.4% chance at claiming a seed between seven and 10, which would put them at risk of playing do-or-die games to earn a standard playoff series. Danny Emerman, The Mercury News, 22 Feb. 2024 The sensational rookie quarterback finished off an impressive regular season with an outstanding performance in a 23-19 do-or-die win at Indianapolis on Saturday night. Rob Maaddi, USA TODAY, 8 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1873, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of do-or-die was in 1873

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“Do-or-die.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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