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feast or famine

Describing a situation in which there is either an excess or a lack of quantity. Freelance projects always seem to be feast or famine, unfortunately—this line of work is very unpredictable.
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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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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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feast or famine

If someone describes a situation as feast or famine, they mean that there is always either too much or too little of something. Money is a problem. `It's feast or famine with me,' she says. Note: People often vary this expression. This new series is a feast in what is otherwise a famine of intelligent television. After a long famine, a mini-feast: investors are once again providing banks with the capital they need.
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feast or famine

either too much of something or too little.
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He also insists that we do not accept the bizarre gaps in the official memory of famines and the 'huge social, political, legal and scholarly silences around starvation.
The RSS Agriculture Ministry keeps denying there is famine.
A coherent set of guidelines for declaring famine would assist modern and future efforts to pinpoint which regions are most vulnerable to full-scale famines in situations of political upheaval and identify preemptive strategies that might curb economic and social disruptions in communities suffering prolonged.
Although those areas are still in critical condition, early detection and a rapid response succeeded in pulling them out of famine, a Phase 5 classification, the World Food Programme (WFP) said.
The inadequacy of the entire British response to the starving millions, such as the Work House policy or Outdoor Relief schemes, are undeniable and quite simply emigration during the Famine period was not so much a question of whether it should be recalled as voluntary or forced; rather, the reality was the choice that faced ordinary, starving people at the height of the Irish Famine was between starvation, disease and certain death, or emigration.
The Gillespie monument materializes many of the issues that vex Irish Famine memory.
The long list of major seventeenth-century famines ranges from Russia's Times of Troubles in 1600-03, through the cataclysmic combination of war, famine, and plague that devastated Ireland in mid-century, to France's, Finland's, Scotland's, and Estonia's biggest famines on record in the 1690s (Alfani and O Grada 2016).
But there were undoubtedly those whose responses were harsh or niggardly, just as there were some who chose to see the entire famine as a fraud perpetrated upon the charitable and humanitarian instincts of England.
They stressed the need to address the differences in resolution and precision of these data sets and argued for their integration to capture the complex socio-natural character of famine events.
May 10 is Irish National Famine Memorial Day, a global commemoration to those who died.
Ukrainians say that the famine of 1932-33 was an act of genocide orchestrated by Stalin's Communist Government.
Several excellent books, such as Jasper Becker's Hungry Ghosts (1997), Frank Dikotter's Mao's Great Famine (2010), and Ralph Thaxton's Catastrophe and Contention in Rural China (2008), have explored the catastrophe from many angles, including the political decisions made by Beijing and local governments.
The Ethiopian famine of the mid-1980s was associated with two images in the public mind: that of starving people crowded around feeding stations and charity super-group Band Aid singing 'Feed the World'.
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.
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.