All-or-nothing



not allowing for qualification or compromise; either fully or not at all operative:
an all-or-nothing approach.
Contemporary Examples

American politics has also too frequently become an all-or-nothing proposition, making the USA the United States of Agita.
Neither “Best Friend” Nor “Anti-Israel” Gil Troy October 16, 2012

Balance seems too subtle a concept for all-or-nothing absolutists.
The GOP’s War on Teddy Roosevelt John Avlon March 8, 2010

The all-or-nothing crowd is focused on an anti-tax litmus test, default be damned.
Where the GOP Went Wrong on Deficits and Debt John Avlon July 18, 2011

We knew this would be a big swing, an all-or-nothing proposition.
Could Judd Apatow and Kristen Wiig’s ‘Bridesmaids’ Nab an Oscar? Chris Lee December 12, 2011

But in the all-or-nothing world of hyper-partisans even trying to transcend political labels is a traitorous act.
My War With Rush Limbaugh John Avlon December 15, 2010

Historical Examples

He liked and trusted Jaimie, but the man had no experience in this field—and this sounded like an all-or-nothing shot.
The Merchants of Venus A. H. Phelps

We have rejected any all-or-nothing posture which would leave no choice but inglorious retreat or unlimited retaliation.
Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to 2006 Various

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