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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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It is true that there were frequent famines at that time, gentlemen.
Bankruptcy, social collapse, famine, and pestilence had done nothing to damage these, and it was only to the great capitals and ganglionic centres, as it were, of this State, that positive destruction had come.
While an official famine has not been declared, the report describes the worst conditions yet seen in a civil war marked by atrocities and charges of war crimes, including the blockading of food supplies.
AN EVENT to commemorate those who came to Wales to escape the Irish Famine will return to Cardiff this year.
THE Ukrainian community remembered a famine that killed millions of their people.
While the Great Famine (1959-61) is one of many famines throughout China's history, this does not undermine its significance in China's modern history.
IN THE PAST THIRTY YEARS or so the historiography of the Great Famine has become a crowded field, with the publication of several fine general histories, numerous local histories, edited contemporary accounts, a few notable studies of the politics and ideology of famine relief, and of course a host of book chapters and scholarly articles on the Famine and its legacy.
Health experts locked away in a hotel conference room in South Sudan's capital are debating exactly how severe the hunger situation is in the world's newest country, and if the hunger brought on by violence that erupted in December qualifies as a famine.
A HUGE commemoration marking the Famine was held in Australia yesterday.
London, May 3 ( ANI ): Over a quarter of a million people, including young children died in a famine in Somalia between October 2010 and April 2012 because the international community did not act quick enough, according to a report commissioned by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the USAID-funded Famine Early Warning Systems Network.
Nairobi, Jumada II 22, 1434, May 2, 2013, SPA -- The Somali famine of 2010-12 claimed about 260,000 lives, many of them children, dramatically increasing the tragedy's death toll, dpa quoted the United Nations humanitarian coordinator as announcing Thursday.
One million Irish people died in the Great Famine of 1845-52.
We were recently also on board the 'Dunbrody' famine ship and I enclose a photograph.