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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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If City had kept more clean sheets I'd have seen his argument, but it has been feast or famine and that's where it falls down.
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EVERYONE knows acting is a feast or famine profession.
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It is either feast or famine - and usually at the whim of the Exchequer.
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When a group identifies primarily with one party, as the gay community has done with the Democrats, it's generally feast or famine," says Larry Sabato, director of the Center for Governmental studies at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.
Federal Spending on States: Feast or Famine in 1999
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