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or else

or suffer the consequences. (An inspecific threat of bad consequences.) Do what I tell you, or else. Don't be late for work, or else!
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or else

or We need to be there by eight or else we'll find it hard to park the car.
Usage notes: when spoken after a demand, or else can be a mild threat: Turn down that radio or else I'll take it away from you! You better remember to bring the wine, or else!
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or else

1. Otherwise, in different circumstances, as in Present your case now, or else you won't have a chance. [c. 1300]
2. Regardless of any extenuating circumstances, no matter what, as in Be there on time or else! [Second half of 1800s]
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or else

1. Used to indicate an alternative: We need to eat the leftovers or else buy more food.
2. Used to indicate negative consequences that will result if an action is not followed: We need to pay the bill, or else the electricity will be shut off.
3. Used after a command or demand to make a threat: Be there on time, or else!
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