something's got to give

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something's got to give

The current situation cannot remain unchanged for much or any longer; one side or the other has got to yield to the other soon. ("Got to" is often contracted into the informal word "gotta" in this phrase.) You can't keep working these long hours without making any time for yourself or your family. Something's gotta give, Sam. I know you and Barry don't see eye to eye on this, but the business is suffering with you two locked in this standoff. Something has got to give!
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something's got to give.

Emotions or tempers are strained, and there is going to be an outburst. Alice: There are serious problems with Mary and Tom. They fight and fight. Sue: Yes, something's got to give. It can't go on like this. Bill: Things are getting difficult at the office. something's got to give. Mary: Just stay clear of all the bickering.
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Something’s got to give

sent. Things cannot go on like this.; The stalemate will be broken. The pressure on me is getting to be too much. Something’s got to give.
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