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date rape

1. noun Forced sexual intercourse perpetrated against the victim while on a date or other social outing. The reported number of date rapes is horrific, but it pales in comparison to how many go unreported each year.
2. verb To force sexual intercourse upon someone during the course of a date or other social outing. The survey found that many men who date rape are meticulously conscious about how they go about it.
See also: date

date with destiny

A future event, circumstance, or situation that will or could prove to be of momentous significance or importance. Having tried unsuccessfully to appeal his verdict for four years, he now has a date with destiny in front of the US Supreme Court.
See also: date

blind date

A date among two people who have not previously met. Blind dates are terrifying because you don't know what the person will be like, but that's part of the excitement.
See also: blind, date

at an early date

soon; some day soon. The note said, "Please call me at an early date." You are expected to return the form to the office at an early date.
See also: date, early

bring someone or something up-to-date

to modernize someone or something. We brought the room up-to-date with a little paint and some modern furniture. I can bring you up-to-date with a new hairdo.
See also: bring

bring someone up-to-date (on someone or something)

to inform someone of the latest information about something. Let me bring you up-to-date on what is happening in the village. Please bring me up-to-date.
See also: bring

date back (to someone or some time)

to have origins that extend back to the time of someone or something. This part of the palace dates back to Catherine the Great. This is old! It really must date back.
See also: back, date

date from something

to have an existence that extends from a particular time. This building dates from the beginning of the last century. These books date from the 1920s.
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to date

up to the present time. How much have you accomplished to date? I've done everything I'm supposed to have done to date.
See also: date


modern or contemporary. (*Typically: be ~; get ~.) Is the room up-to-date, or is it standard? Your knowledge is not really up-to-date on this matter.


modern; up to the current standards of fashion; having the most current information. I'd like to see a more up-to-date report on Mr. Smith. This is not an up-to-date record of the construction project.

bring somebody up to date

to provide someone with the most recent information or developments Aides brought the governor up to date on the negotiations.
See also: bring, date, up

bring something up to date

to change something to include the latest information or developments He brought the book up to date by adding a new section on environmental policies.
See also: bring, date, up

drop-dead date

a time by which something must be done Glickman said the drop-dead date is December 31 - after that, no funds will be available.
See also: date

keep somebody/something up to date

to provide the latest information to someone or for something Every week I have to keep the lists up to date by adding or deleting names. The company has a computer wizard on the staff who keeps us up to date on the latest in electronics.
See also: date, keep, up

to date

to this time I wrote to you two months ago, but to date I have not received a reply.
See also: date

a blind date

an arranged meeting for two people who have never met each other before, in order to try to start a romantic relationship I agreed to go on a blind date with one of Savita's ex-boyfriends.
See also: blind, date

a heavy date

  (American & Australian humorous)
a planned meeting between two people who are very interested in having a romantic or sexual relationship I think Carol has a heavy date - she's been in the bathroom for over an hour.
See also: date, heavy


1. old and therefore not useful or correct any more I do have a road map but I suspect it's out-of-date. He claimed the report was inaccurate and based on out-of-date information. Some of her ideas are hopelessly out-of-date.
2. if a document is out-of-date, it cannot be used any more because the period of time when it could be used has ended I found out my passport was out-of-date the day before I was due to travel. No one noticed that he was using an out-of-date permit.

be past your sell-by date

if someone is past their sell-by date, they are not wanted or useful any more because they are too old
Usage notes: A sell-by date is a date put on food products to show the latest date that they can be sold.
There's plenty of time to have a baby, I'm not past my sell-by date yet.
See also: date, past

bring up to date

Convey information up to the present; also, make one aware of or conform to new ideas, improvements, or styles. For example, Bring me up to date on the test results, or We've been bringing Grandma up to date with a little makeup and some new clothes. The term up to date comes from bookkeeping, where it signifies account entries to the present time. [Late 1800s]
See also: bring, date, up

date rape

Sexual intercourse forced by the victim's social escort. For example, Date rape is much more common on college campuses than was previously realized. This term originated in the 1980s, when awareness of the phenomenon increased exponentially.
See also: date

double date

A social engagement in which two couples go together, as in They went on a double date with her brother and his girlfriend. [c. 1920]
See also: date, double

make a date

Arrange a meeting with someone, as in Let's get the department heads together and make a date for lunch next week, or I've made a date with Jean; can you join us? At first alluding only to social engagements, especially with a member of the opposite sex, this term, first recorded in 1876, is now used more broadly.
See also: date, make

out of date

1. Too old to be used, past the point of expiration, as in This milk is out of date. [Early 1600s]
2. Old-fashioned, no longer in style, as in Dean has three suits but they're all out of date. [Early 1800s]
See also: date, of, out

to date

Up to now, until the present time, as in To date we've received no word from them. [First half of 1900s]
See also: date

heavy date

n. an important date with someone; a date with someone important. Mary has a heavy date with Sam tonight.
See also: date, heavy

out of date

No longer in style; old-fashioned: clothes that went out of date last year.
See also: date, of, out

to date

Until now: To date, only half of those invited have responded.
See also: date

up to date

In or into accordance with current information, styles, or technology: brought me up to date on the project's status.
See also: date, up
References in classic literature ?
Dawson, I resolved to try next if I could establish the date of Sir Percival's arrival at Knowlesbury.
She remembered her master calling her out of bed, and remembered his frightening her by swearing--but the date at which the occurrence happened was, as she honestly acknowledged, "quite beyond her.
There is no need to describe what passed between us--it ended, as all my other attempts to discover the date had ended.
The preamble to the temporary regulations states, "[b]ecause the rule applies only for testing dates on or after the date of the distribution, a distribution does not retroactively cause (or undo) an owner shift that would (or would not) have occurred if the distributee had actually acquired the ownership interest on the date and in the manner acquired by the trust"; see TD 9063 (6/26/03).
Hungry for missing publication dates, rare-document specialists scrutinize watermarks, book bindings, and even tiny imperfections in individual letters of old tracts.
Because the date was well beyond the 180-day life allowed by the municipality, as indicated on the check, the merchant sought a replacement.
They're good to go to if it's a date, because you can emotionally manipulate the woman you're with.
There are two key dates under both the CBA rules and PCAOB standards: the report issuance date, or report release date, and the documentation completion date.
Earlier scholars picked earlier dates for the Similitudes of Enoch [chapters 37-71 in 1 Enoch).
Taxpayers whose monthly or quarterly Hotel Room Occupancy Tax returns and payments are due in September, October, or November 2001 and who are unable to file on those dates may file and pay any tax due on or before Dec.
If the quality assurance committee cannot prove (in writing) that deficiencies were corrected by the dates specified in the plan of correction, then the surveyors will declare the facility in compliance effective only with the exit date of the revisit, not retroactive to the alleged date of compliance.
The "trigger" date of a suit is when the time period starts running.
If it is determined at the resolution date that the aggregate value taken into account on all early inclusion dates (plus income on that value) is less than the value of the benefit at the resolution date, the difference must be made up at that later date.
5 plus 1/4 of 1% of the principal amounts for each 12-month period from the date of redemption to the maturity date for the bonds plus accrued interest.
But many purchasers are concerned about whether these gifts can come with unwanted extras, like expiration dates and fees.