showing or involving a desperate effort or need to succeed
Requiring supreme effort to avoid the dire consequences of failure: a do-or-die situation.
- (idiomatic) Requiring a determined or desperate effort to avoid the consequences of failure.
- "Clinton v. Dole: Let the Debates Begin" Time (14 October 1996).
- Clinton and Dole brought different needs to the debate. For Dole it was do or die. He had to hit Clinton hard but without seeming harsh, a conundrum for him all year.