Make-or-break表示“不成则败的，获得极大成功或者完全失败的”，例如：a make-or-break investment plan（成败系于一线的投资计划）。
Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Thursday called 2005 "a make-or-break moment" for the world's poor and urged all rich nations to follow the European Union and boost aid, improve trade and provide debt relief.
With more than 1 billion people living on less than $1 a day, 815 million having too little to eat, and more than 115 million children not going to elementary school, he said U.N. development goals won't be met unless world leaders take "concrete steps" this year.
Annan didn't single out any countries but his message was clearly aimed at the United States and Japan, which have so far refused to set timetables to increase aid to 0.7 percent of national incomes - as all 25 EU nations have pledged to do by 2015. The United States currently contributes about 0.17 percent while Japan next year will spend 0.21 percent.