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.
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Estate agents agree that a key decision from Government is moving back the drop dead date - the date for insisting a Hip is available to purchasers before a property is allowed to go on sale.
While he said that February - when the existing Bank of England loan facility comes to an end - was not a "drop dead date" for the bank, he made clear that it could not carry on indefinitely.
October 4 is the "drop dead date" by which matters must be satisfactorily resolved or Merseytram will simply be counted out.
The bill would fund all Justice, Commerce, HUD, Labor, and Health and Human Services federal grant programs through March 15, when the federal government would reach still another drop dead date.
Pursuant to a further amendment to the Firestone Agreement, conditions of the Firestone Agreement and the Amendment Letter must now be satisfied by no later than 9 September 2016 (the Revised Drop Dead Date).