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(somewhere or something) or bust

An expression used to indicate that someone will do anything in their power to get to a certain place or achieve a certain goal. Ever since he was a little boy, it's been the Marine Corps or bust for Tom. We've saved up everything we had to make this move, so it's San Francisco or bust!
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... or ˈbust

(informal) used to say that you will try very hard to get somewhere or achieve something: For him it’s the Olympics or bust.
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Whip up a batch of your favorite dip and serve with with crackers, chips or assorted fresh veggies in the playful and fun Boston Warehouse 2000 or Bust Chip & Dip Party Guy.
Tickets go on sale May 1 for the 64th annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo, August 11-15, and may be purchased through the World Arena by calling 866-464-2626 or 719-576-2626; via the web at the World Arena Web site at www.
The Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo is a non-profit organization with a long-running tradition of donating proceeds to local military charities.
In the creative spirit and the bottoms-up philosophy that created the Internet, CENIC (a non-profit) has formed the One Gigabit or Bust Roundtable which brings together the interests of research, education, commerce, state and local government and the general public to address the issues surrounding the implementation of robust end-to-end broadband capabilities to every education institution, business and home in California.
Ticket vouchers are valid only for the 2004 Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo and can be redeemed up to the last performance of the rodeo on Sunday, August 15.
The dates of the 64th Annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo are August 11-15, 2004.
Starting in April, the official domain name of the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo website will change to ColoradoSpringsRodeo.
Gruber, Professor in the UC San Diego Department of Computer Science and Engineering, lauded CENIC for advocating a Gigabit or Bust to every home, school and business by 2010.
Gigabit or Bust: The Gigabit or Bust Award honors the