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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.
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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.
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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

heavy date

A serious romantic date. Primarily heard in US, Australia. Jackie has a heavy date tonight and is hoping to take her relationship to the next level.
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sell-by date

1. The date by which a perishable item must be sold by a store. Did you check the sell-by date on that carton of milk?
2. slang By extension, the figurative date by which one's usefulness or skill ends, usually due to aging. Primarily heard in UK. I'm sure they think I'm past my sell-by date after I mixed up all those important files. We need to find a new lead dancer, as Bella is past her sell-by date now and only getting older.
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at an early date

Soon. The boss wants to meet with you at an early date.
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be past the/(one's) sell-by date

1. Literally, to be past the date by which an edible item should be sold before it spoils. That milk is definitely past the sell-by date—it's curdled!
2. By extension, to be past the peak of one's abilities or career. The company is forcing my mother to retire because they think she's past her sell-by date. That player is definitely past his sell-by date—he hasn't had a good season in years.
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bring (someone or something) up to date

To share or incorporate the most current information about someone or something. Bring me up to date on these candidates for the job. This schedule doesn't include the latest changes—can you bring it up to date?
See also: bring, date, up

date back

To have originated at an earlier time. This phrase is often followed by "to" and then the corresponding time frame or historical figure. I know she thinks that this vase is some great antique, but I doubt it dates back more than 30 years. This vase dates back to the Victorian period. This vase dates back to Queen Victoria.
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date from (something)

To have originated in an earlier time period. This vase dates from the Victorian period.
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drop-dead date

The definitive date by which something needs to be completed. 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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keep (someone or something) up to date

1. To ensure someone has the most current and accurate information (about something). Please keep me up to date regarding the progress of the project. Now that I'm in college, my parents want me to keep them up to date about everything going on in my life.
2. To ensure something is the most current version available. (Often used in reference to technology.) Please make sure to keep your phone's operating system up to date. I don't know where you find the time or money to keep your fashion up to date like that.
3. (used without an object) To have or be informed about the most current and accurate information (about something). I try to make a point of keeping up to date with news from around the world.
See also: date, keep, up

out of date

1. Expired; no longer fit for consumption. I wouldn't eat that ham if I were you; it's out of date. My passport was out of date, so they wouldn't let me on the flight.
2. Not in line with current information or technology. No wonder your phone isn't working—the software is out of date! The information in this encyclopedia is all out of date.
3. No longer in fashion or the current style. She wore an elaborate hat to the wedding that, while elegant, was a bit out of date.
See also: date, of, out

up to date

In line with current information or technology. (Hyphenated if used before a noun.) You need to use the most up-to-date software, or you could put yourself at risk to viruses or cyberattacks. Please ensure the information on file with the agency is kept up to date.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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*up-to-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.

up-to-date

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 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.
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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]
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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.
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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]
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to date

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

COMMON A blind date is an arrangement made for you to spend time with someone you have never met before to see if you would like to have a romantic relationship with them. My cousin met a man on a blind date and they went out for six years.
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have passed your sell-by date

BRITISH
COMMON If someone or something has passed their sell-by date, they are no longer useful, successful, or relevant. Do you think our marriage has passed its sell-by date? Note: You can also say that someone or something is past their sell-by date. Many people feel the presenter is past her sell-by date. Note: You can also say that someone or something has reached their sell-by date. Critics of the monarchy say it has reached its sell-by date. Note: Most food has a date stamped on its packaging: this is its sell-by date. After this date it is no longer fresh enough to sell.
See also: date, have, passe

a blind date

a social meeting, usually with the object of starting a romance, between two people who have not met each other before.
See also: blind, date

pass your sell-by date

reach a point where you are useless or worn out. informal
A sell-by date is that stamped on perishable goods indicating the latest date on which they may be sold.
1998 Spectator He would probably have to turn on them [his colleagues] when, in his view, they had passed their sell-by date.
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a ˌblind ˈdate

a social meeting between two people who have never met before, often arranged by friends, in the hope that it may lead to a love affair: A friend of mine set up a blind date for me with his girlfriend’s sister.
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ˌout of ˈdate

not modern; not including the latest information: This atlas is out of date.I’m afraid you must have been using an out-of-date catalogue.
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to ˈdate

up to and including the present time: To date, we’ve received 40 bookings for the trip, so we’re doing quite well.
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ˌup to ˈdate


1 possessing the most recent information, ideas, etc. about something/somebody: Are you keeping up to date with the latest developments?I’m not really up to date on John and Mary. Are they still together?
2 the most recent, modern or fashionable: His kitchen is bang up to date. He’s got all the latest technology in it.
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be past its ˈsell-by date

(informal) be no longer useful or valued: His ideas on economics are well past their sell-by date.
The sell-by date is the date written on food packaging after which the food must not be sold.
See also: date, past

heavy date

n. an important date with someone; a date with someone important. Mary has a heavy date with Sam tonight.
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out of date

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

Until now: To date, only half of those invited have responded.
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up to date

In or into accordance with current information, styles, or technology: brought me up to date on the project's status.
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