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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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feast or famine

Either an overabundance or a shortage. This expression originated as either feast or fast, which is how it appeared in Thomas Fuller’s Gnomologia (1732) and still survived in 1912 (“Dock labour has been graphically described as ‘either a feast or a fast,’” London Daily Telegraph). In America, famine was substituted sometime during the twentieth century. The term is still frequently applied to alternating overabundance and shortages of work, as is often the case for freelancers, seasonal laborers, and the like.
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Then we will have the retailers putting up their prices, along with manufacturers of everyday devices, Will it stop just there, though, or will they all jump on the bandwagon, the underpaid people back to where it's either feast or famine ...
With a fast release granular, or worse a liquid fertilizer, it's either feast or famine for your grass since the food (nitrogen) in the fertilizer is released in 6 to 10 days, not 8 to 12-weeks.
In this business, there are no guarantees-it is either feast or famine.
The Saturday weigh-in showed very clearly those teams who had either practiced or done their homework, with either feast or famine weighed in.
You could either feast on a full English for breakfast, go for the lighter fruit and cereals or help yourself to American-style pancakes.
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, and that's the way it's been for as long as I can remember.
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.
That is, when it comes to private investing, it is not a choice of 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.
"It was either feast or famine today," said Vaughan.
It's either feast or famine for the fragile Canadian feature-film industry.