drop-dead date


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drop-dead date

The definitive date by which something needs to be completed; the deadline. I just found out that tomorrow is the drop-dead date for this project, so we really need to finish things up. I haven't found the right candidate for the job yet, and the boss's drop-dead date is rapidly approaching.
See also: date
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He also noted that some other builders already have similar customer communications when they program three-month drop-dead dates into the controls on machines they sell to customers with bad credit ratings.
For instance, if time is a factor, it's important to establish drop-dead dates for the project,' says Sisko.