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The union gave the company an ultimatum-saying they will call a strike if wages are not raised by Monday.
  a final demand that carries a threat if it is rejected
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  • The union gave the company an ultimatum-saying they will call a strike if wages are not raised by Monday.
  • Russia presented Ukraine with an ultimatum that could not be ignored.
  • On goes the slaughter, and all the while, lurking in the back of my head is Cain’s ultimatum.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • Although Connor has no intention of ever punching Lev out again, he does not respond well to ultimatums.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind

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  • I thought about Maxon and his ultimatum, his demand for me to commit.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Elite
  • But while Maxon and I could escape for a little while, once we were out of our bubble, the tension of the ultimatum the rebels had placed on the Elite was thick.
    Kiera Cass  --  The One
  • But God bless Margot, because she wasn’t going to force me into a corner with rules and ultimatums, either, which was good, because I would have ignored them.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • She now did not make recommendations to me; she issued ultimatums.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • I can see her tallying the cost of my ultimatum, weighing it against my possible worth.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • You’re giving me an ultimatum?
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent

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  • The windows of our home rattled with the thunder of ultimatums.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • Eventually, as he fell deeper into debt, the bank issued an ultimatum: Come up with ten thousand dollars in ten days, or face foreclosure.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • Her dream—that horrible ultimatum she’d been handed—had something to do with this cabin.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • Used her imminent arrival and feeble attempt at murder as an exercise of his will against hers—an ultimatum to the universe.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • She sat and stared, having to remind herself every few minutes that it had all really happened: the cruel pretties, the strange buildings on the edge of town, the terrible ultimatum from Dr. Cable.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies
  • When the authorities pulled the boy off her, they gave him an ultimatum—leave Marseilles or go to juvenile prison.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Dad said that lots of girls had given Henry ultimatums, tried to force him to settle down, and lots of girls had been left crying on the sidewalk.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • An ultimatum was immediately dispatched to Mbaino asking them to choose between war — on the one hand, and on the other the offer of a young man and a virgin as compensation.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • Heller, the fighter against compulsion, was baffled by Roark, a man so impervious to compulsion that he became a kind of compulsion himself, an ultimatum against things Heller could not define.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • What she delivered to her brother was an ultimatum.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • She closed her eyes at the ultimatum.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • If Ullman was as good as he claimed to be, and if he gave Al a he-goes-or-I-go ultimatum, might not Al be forced to take it?
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • So here is my ultimatum.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • An ultimatum accepted and ritualized, an allegiance recited for the peace it imparted, and for that perhaps loved.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • Many people had heard of the cylinder, of course, and talked about it in their leisure, but it certainly did not make the sensation that an ultimatum to Germany would have done.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • But he had a hunch that if he gave Salander an ultimatum or threatened to fire her she would simply shrug her shoulders and be gone.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • You and the satyr have been helping this hero-coming here to threaten me in Poseidon’s name, no doubt-to bring me an ultimatum.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief
  • Were you trying to help him when you gave him the ultimatum to join the Masons?
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • He stood there, hands on hips, glaring at me, and not at all satisfied with this ultimatum.
    Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston & James D. Houston  --  Farewell to Manzanar
  • Her finale and ultimatum of contempt consisted in a very emphatic pronunciation of the word "shiftless;" and by this she characterized all modes of procedure which had not a direct and inevitable relation to accomplishment of some purpose then definitely had in mind.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • There, with the full weight of its military power in evidence, Blue Team issued an eight-point ultimatum to Van Riper, the eighth point being the demand to surrender.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • She doesn’t know Cedric very well, never had him in class, but she knows he doesn’t take ultimatums well.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • Doctor Dohmler had never yet spoken to any one so far away but he dispatched his ultimatum so firmly into the phone that the agonized American at the other end yielded.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • But to a large and thorough sweeping comprehension of him, it behooves me now to unbutton him still further, and untagging the points of his hose, unbuckling his garters, and casting loose the hooks and the eyes of the joints of his innermost bones, set him before you in his ultimatum; that is to say, in his unconditional skeleton.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • One evening that winter, after Ramiro had come in late following weeks of trouble at school, I gave him an ultimatum.
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
  • Japan ignored the ultimatum.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • If you still care for peace, here is my ultimatum.
    Gaston Leroux  --  The Phantom of the Opera
  • "I’ll give you six shilling for it," she said, throwing it down with the air of a person who mentions an ultimatum.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • Patty had been married, and the affair had been a series of breakups and makeups, ultimatums and backsliding, finally ending with Don saying if she wasn’t serious enough to leave her husband, he was moving on.
    Sarah Dessen  --  This Lullaby
  • He actually gave me an ultimatum when he found me doing the deed with Ty.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Identical
  • He hadn’t wanted her to feel as if he were giving her an ultimatum, but thinking back, he realized that was exactly what he had done.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Message in a Bottle
  • Let them draft notes and ultimatums and protests and accusations.
    Dalton Trumbo  --  Johnny Got His Gun
  • With her he never discussed theology, nor, indeed, discussed anything; he contented himself with making known, very distinctly, in the form of a lucid ultimatum, his wishes with regard to Catherine.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • It was quite another thing for Blomkvist to deliver an ultimatum as a private investigator.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • We gave Dr. Xuma an ultimatum: we would support him for reelection to the presidency of the ANC provided he supported our proposed Program of Action.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • You don’t give ultimatums to Carlos.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • The New Prophet’s televised address began fifteen minutes before Kassad’s ultimatum ran out.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • Having done what she could, Helen finally delivered the dreaded ultimatum.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • Finally, if the landscape seemed clear, he would propel a minion under a gun to approach the client’s representative and give his ultimatum: the client himself must show up and walk into the net of the assassin’s making.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • He seems to hover, shadowy, almost substanceless, a little behind and above all the other straightforward and logical even though (to him) incomprehensible ultimatums and affirmations and defiances and challenges and repudiations, with an air of sardonic and indolent detachment like that of a youthful Roman consul making the Grand Tour of his day among the barbarian hordes which his grandfather conquered, benighted in a brawling and childish and quite deadly mud-castle household in a
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
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