Meaning of “either-or” in the English Dictionary

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"either-or" in British English

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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.

(Definition of “either-or” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)