#idiomatic Requiring a determined or desperate effort to avoid the consequences of failure. #:"Clinton v. Dole: Let the Debates Begin" w:Time (magazine)|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.
Alternative spellings do or die