The whole tree or not a cherry on it. “Aut Caesar aut nullus.” All in all or none at all.
“This Hospitaller seems to be one of those pragmatical knaves who
must have the whole tree, or they'll not have a cherry on it.”
To make two bites of a cherry.
To divide something too small to be worth dividing.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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