or else

idiom

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
used to say what another possibility is
He either thinks he can't do it or else he just isn't interested.
3
informal
used in angry speech to express a threat without saying exactly what the threat is
Do what I say or else!

Examples of or else in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the show, Daenerys either thought all Targaryens could survive fire, was wrong, and lucked out or else the series changed the parameters of the magic surrounding Targaryens. Eliana Dockterman, TIME, 8 July 2024 Many online have compared the AI Rafah image to the black squares, or else have asked that people include action items or real images of the actual destruction instead. Rebecca Jennings, Vox, 30 May 2024 The memo finally clarified for employees that OpenAI would not enforce a non-disparagement contract that employees since at least 2019 were pressured to sign within a week of termination or else risk losing their vested equity. Ashley Belanger, Ars Technica, 24 May 2024 And as Times columnist Steve Lopez writes, L.A. Metro must do more to make buses and trains safe, or else people won’t feel comfortable getting on board. Sammy Roth, Los Angeles Times, 14 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for or else 

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“Or else.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/or%20else. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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