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make-or-break

adjective
 
 
(also make or break)
used to describe a decision, event, or period of time that is very important because it can make something succeed or fail completely: Christmas is often a make-or-break time for smaller retailers. A spokesman for the union described the forthcoming pay talks as "make or break". a make-or-break decision/deal/issue make-or-break meetings/talks/negotiations Each interview that you attend is a make-or-break situation.
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