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either-oradjective [before noun]

uk   /ˌaɪ.ðərˈɔːr/ /ˌiː.ðərˈɔːr/  us   /ˌiː.ðɚˈɔːr/  /ˌaɪ.ðɚˈɔːr/
used to refer to a ​situation in which there is a ​choice between two different ​plans of ​action, but both together are not ​possible: It's an either-or situation - we can ​buy a new ​car this ​year or we can go on ​holiday, but we can't do both.
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