make or break

{v. phr.} To bring complete success or failure, victory or defeat. * /Playing the role of Hamlet will make or break the young actor./

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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  • make-or-break — UK US 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… …   Financial and business terms

  • make or break — or make or mar To be the crucial test that brings success or failure to (makeˈ or breakˈ adjective) • • • Main Entry: ↑make * * * make or break phrase to help someone or something to be very successful or to cause them to fail completely They… …   Useful english dictionary

  • make-or-break — adj something that is make or break will lead to either success or failure ▪ This could be a make or break speech for the prime minister …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • make or break — ► to cause someone or something either to be very successful, or to cause them to fail: »The first year of trading can make or break a new business. Main Entry: ↑make …   Financial and business terms

  • make-or-break — (something) to make something a success or a failure. It s make or break time for Britain s tennis players. (always before noun) …   New idioms dictionary

  • Make and break — (Elec.) Any apparatus for making and breaking an electric circuit; a circuit breaker. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • make or break — (something) to cause something to succeed or fail. His opinion could make or break a Broadway play …   New idioms dictionary

  • make or break — A make or break decision, stage, etc, is a crucial one that will determine the success or failure of the whole venture …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • Make or Break TV — is a Canadian thirteen episode half hour documentary television series produced by Make Believe Media Inc. and currently airs on TVtropolis. The first episode premiered on Thursday September 4, 2008 and was repeated in the show s regular time… …   Wikipedia

  • make or break — ► make or break be the factor which decides whether (something) will succeed or fail. Main Entry: ↑make …   English terms dictionary

  • make-or-break — make′ or break′ adj. either successful or ruinous • Etymology: 1915–20 …   From formal English to slang

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