or bust

Also found in: Idioms.
or collapse from the effort; - used in phrases expressing determination to do something; as, Oregon or bust, meaning "We will get to Oregon or die trying."

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References in classic literature ?
By and by I says to myself, I can't live this way; I'm a-going to find out who it is that's here on the island with me; I'll find it out or bust.
The piecing of the bust in three separately carved sections--circular socle, name plate and the bust proper, all of which are of the same marble type--differs from the early-modern technique, in which the socle and name plate or bust and plate are regularly carved as one.
The Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo, again designated this year as a tour rodeo by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA), will be held at the Norris-Penrose Event Center Arena from July 12 to 16, 2006.
Produced by Boston Warehouse, a set of four 2000 or Bust Spreaders is $15 at Macy's.
The addition of a high-flying motorcycle act, cow-milking contest, and horse race to this summer's 64th annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo promises to pull fans even closer to the edge of their seats at the World Arena, August 11-15.
A $376-billion upside in gross state product (GSP) by 2010 is possible with the implementation of a focused One Gigabit or Bust broadband initiative.
The Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo is offering the public a way to buy rodeo tickets early this year.