one or the other

idiom

: one of two persons or things but not the other
One or the other of us will have to go.

Examples of one or the other in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After all, the electorate is highly polarized, such that most voters considering one of the major-party contenders already lean toward one or the other candidate, and aren't particularly likely to jump ship. Geoffrey Skelley, ABC News, 2 July 2024 Undecided voters looking for a positive reason to vote for one or the other were unlikely to find enlightenment. Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times, 28 June 2024 Only when Wigner examines the lab does the atom enter one or the other state. Anil Ananthaswamy, Scientific American, 25 June 2024 Local wine-tasting tours combine one or the other with vineyard stops. Jamie Moore, USA TODAY, 5 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for one or the other 

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“One or the other.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/one%20or%20the%20other. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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