feast or famine

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*(either) feast or famine

Fig. either too much (of something) or not enough (of something). (*Typically: be ~; have ~.) This month is very dry, and last month it rained almost every day. Our weather is either feast or famine. Sometimes we are busy, and sometimes we have nothing to do. It's feast or famine.
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(either) feast or famine

either too much or too little of something It's feast or famine - last week I had no work, and now I am too busy!
Usage notes: often used in the form it's (either) feast or famine, as in the example
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feast or famine

something that you say which means that you either have too much of something or you have too little It's either feast or famine on television; last week there was nothing I wanted to see and this week there are three good films on at the same time.
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feast or famine

Also, either feast or famine. Either too much or too little, too many or too few. For example, Free-lancers generally find it's feast or famine-too many assignments or too few, or Yesterday two hundred showed up at the fair, today two dozen-it's either feast or famine . This expression, which transfers an overabundance or shortage of food to numerous other undertakings, was first recorded in 1732 as feast or fast, the noun famine being substituted in the early 1900s.
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The star seamer doesn't hold the same opinion of Watson's opening partner, David Warner, however, claiming it's either feast or famine for the dashing left-hander.
IT'S either feast or famine with England - normally the country's mood is one of unbridled optimism and eternal false hope when it comes to the possibility of actually winning a major football tournament.
It has been a case of either feast or famine for Newcastle home supporters this season - their 6-0 victory at home to Aston Villa was followed by a 2-0 defeat against Blackpool.
Most of the time, it's either feast or famine and mostly it's famine.
North's 16-Test career can legitimately be characterised as having produced either feast or famine with the bat.
Sometimes, there are a flurry of things - it's either feast or famine.
This is a precarious business, it's either feast or famine and I'm used to times of unemployment, but that was before I had responsibilities.
Critics have long maintained the problem with convention centers is the cyclical nature of conventions, resulting in either feast or famine.
It's either feast or famine for the fragile Canadian feature-film industry.
It is either feast or famine - and usually at the whim of the Exchequer.
It's either feast or famine with the unpredictable New Orleans Saints, and they went without this week as the New York Jets upset them in the Big Easy, 16-9, for their fourth successive away win.
For sole practitioners, it's either feast or famine.
Like their beloved Cubs, it's either feast or famine.
Colin Quigley (prop) It was either feast or famine with the Scot during his time at Moseley and, after an insignificant start to last season, he ended it as one of the key players.