fish or cut bait

[fish or cut bait] {v. phr.}, {informal} 1. Decide what you want todo and stop wasting time; either act now or give someone else a chanceor turn.

Jack couldn't decide whether to go to college or get ajob, so his father told him to fish or cut bait.

"Buy the kind ofice cream you want or give someone else in line a chance. Fish or cutbait!"

Compare: MAKE UP ONE'S MIND. 2. Either try hard and do yourbest, or quit.

Frank missed football practice so often that thecoach told him to fish or cut bait.