Cliche of the Week 88 – Make or Break

April 23, 2012 at 11:05 am Leave a comment

Pivotal moments in time make or break careers and determine whether sporting fields produce sparkling heroes or grey soldiers.

These events are reported up to 1500 times a month in the mainstream media, most of them in America, followed by Britain and then Australia.

Most of those caught in these moments rarely `break’ or disappear from the game.

“The March quarter consumer price index (CPI) figures, due for release on April 24, will be seen by RBA-watchers as the make-or-break event for a possible rate cut when the central bank’s board gets together on the first Tuesday of May.” (Australian Associated Press, April 17)

“But, before he can look to the future, (Lord) Coe invokes his experience as a competitor to illustrate the need to focus obsessively on the detail of 100 days that he accepts will make or break the Games.” (The Guardian, April 17)

“The win also opened the door to pent-up speculation on whether (Chris) Christie — an early and energetic supporter — would make or break a (Mitt) Romney ticket.” (The Star-Ledger, NJ, April 16)

“Unions are facing a make-or-break moment in their campaign to drive Wisconsin’s Republican governor from office.” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 15)

Cliche of the Week appears in The Australian newspaper Mondays. Cliches in the media are tracked across the world using Factiva and Dow Jones Insight.

Chris Pash’s book, The Last Whale, a true story set in the 1970s, was published by Fremantle Press in 2008.


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