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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When NBA commissioner David Stern recently declared a drop-dead date in the league's protracted labor dispute, it triggered flashbacks to the 1994 yuletide season for the likes of Phoenix forward Bob Corkum and Kings defenseman Rob Blake.